Our Unlikely Fathers - Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence

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"To my knowledge, no other person did more during his lifetime to preserve the great heritage of Texas than did Lou Kemp."

Governor Price Daniel said that.

What merited such a statement?

Lou Kemp was the driving force behind placing markers at hundreds of historical sites for the Texas Centennial in 1936.

He saw to it that over 100 of notable Texans were moved to places of honor in the Texas State Cemetery.

He lead the fight to get the San Jacinto Monument built.

And he wrote this book.

It contains detailed biographies of each of the fifty-nine signers of the Declaration. Four hundred sixty-two pages in all.

Lou Kemp follows each man from his earliest days, to his arrival in Texas, his work at the convention and during the Texas Revolution, and all the way to his last days on Earth.

If you think that sounds like dry reading, let me correct that notion.

You can chalk it up to Divine Providence
that these men were able to assemble in one room, refrain from killing each other and forge a nation.

What an unlikely bunch they were. So different from the men who met in Philadelphia in 1776. Wildmen as much as statesmen.

The Texas founders were not a powdered wig crowd. They were men with the bark on, their passions and foibles unhidden (except maybe to themselves.) In other words, they were real people, just like you and me.

Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night,
"Some men are born great, some men achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Our fifty-nine signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence can be divided into those same ategories, but you would find a disproportionate number tallied in the third column.

Most of them had left the settled country to start new lives here in the land of second chances.


Here they are... 

Maybe you've come across some of these names in your reading.

Maybe you're descended from one:

 Jesse B. Badgett

George Washington Barnett

Thomas Barnett

Stephen W. Blount

John W. Bower

Asa Brigham

Andrew Briscoe

John Wheeler Bunton

John S. D. Byrom

Mathew Caldwell

Samuel P. Carson

George C. Childress

William Clark, Jr.

Robert M. Coleman

James Collinsworth

Edward Conrad

William Carroll Crawford

Richard Ellis

Stephen H. Everett

John Fisher

Samuel Rhoads Fisher

James Gaines

Thomas J. Gazley

Benjamin Briggs Goodrich

Jesse Grimes

Robert Hamilton

Bailey Hardeman

Augustine B. Hardin

Sam Houston

William D. Lacy
Albert Hamilton Latimer

Edwin O. Legrand

Samuel A. Maverick

Collin McKinney

Michel B. Menard

William Menefee

John W. Moore

William Mottley

José Antonio Navarro

Martin Parmer

Sydney O. Pennington

Robert Potter

James Power

John S. Roberts

Sterling C. Robertson

José Francisco Ruiz

Thomas Jefferson Rusk

William. B. Scates

Erastus 'Deaf' Smith

George W. Smyth

Elijah Stapp

Charles B. Stewart

James G. Swisher

Charles S. Taylor

David Thomas

John Turner

Edwin Waller

Claiborne West

James B. Woods

Lorenzo de Zavala



There's statecraft, noble deeds, politics and intrigue. There's also fighting Indians, fighting over women, castrating, bloody political feuds...and a Ring Tailed Panther!


I don't know if it's a better reference or a better read, but it's outstanding in both regards.

 

Physical Details

  • Our Unlikely Fathers by Louis Wiltz Kemp
  • Standard Edition Hardcover
  • Satin Finish Jacket
  • 462 pages

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