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Stephen F. Austin

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Stephen F. Austin
4th Secretary of State of Texas
In office
October 22, 1836 – December 27, 1836
PresidentSam Houston
Preceded byWilliam Houston Jack
Succeeded byJames Pinckney Henderson
Personal details
Stephen Fuller Austin

November 3, 1793
Wythe County, Virginia, United States, present-day Austinville, Virginia
DiedDecember 27, 1836(1836-12-27) (aged 43)
West Columbia, Brazoria County, Republic of Texas
Cause of deathpneumonia
NationalityAmerican, Spanish, Mexican, Texian
RelationsRichard Austin (colonist)
ParentsMoses Austin, Mary Brown Austin
Occupationpolitician, empresario
Known forBeing the "Father of Texas"

Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 – December 27, 1836) was an American politician and landowner. He was known as the "Father of Texas" and the founder of Texas.[1][2] He led the second and successful colonization of Texas by bringing 300 families from the United States to the region in 1825.

The city of Austin, Texas is named after him.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Gregg Cantrell (1 August 2001). Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas. Yale University Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-300-09093-5. ...generations of Texans have come to revere Austin as the Father of Texas...
  2. Thom Hatch (1 August 1999). Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. McFarland. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-7864-9162-9.
  3. "AUSTIN, STEPHEN F. | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". Tshaonline.org. Retrieved December 11, 2011.