Notable People in Texas and Mexican History
Last Update: 28 Oct 1996
South Texas History
- Brooks, J.A.
- Captain in the Texas Rangers, Brooks county named in his
- Cameron, Ewen
- Member of the Mier Expedition of 1842. Cameron County
named in his honor. 107-
- Closner, John (1861-1932)
- Became deputy sheriff of Hidalgo County in December 1883
and by 1889 became sheriff a position he held till 1912. 107-
- Couch, E.C.
- Developed Edcouch in 1926. He was a judge of Hidalgo
County and a Weslaco banker. 107-143
- Davis, Henry Clay
- Responsible for guiding Rio Grande City to
prominence.Settlement known as Canestolendas already
existed in the area. Married into the wealthy Garza
family which owned Porcion 80. Arrived Texas in 1833. 107-49
- Hill, Lon C.
- Founder of Harlingen. Named it so after his mother's home
town of Van Harlingen in Holland.
- Hooks McClellen, Beatriz
- Raymond, Edward Burleson
- Owner of Las Majadas and foreman of the El Sauz Ranch.
Raymondville named in his honor. 107-143
- Ringgold, Samuel Maj.
- Killed at the battle of Palo Alto in 1846. Fort Ringgold
named in his honor. 107-40
- Robertson, Col. Sam
- Founder of San Benito, was an engineer who was involved
in the building of the first railroad into the Valley and
created an irrigation system that serves 68,000 acres. 106-157
- Savage, R.L.
- San Juan's first mayor and postmaster. A nephew of John
- Starr, James Herbert
- Prominent physician. Named president of board of land
commissioners by Sam Houston in 1837. Starr County named
in his honor. 107-49
- Webb, James
- prominent attorney, served Republic of Texas as senator,
secretary of treasury, secretary of state, minister to
Mexico. Webb County named in his honor. 107-49
- Wells, James
- Well known Brownsville lawyer. Jim Wells county named in
his honor. 106-173
- Willacy, John G
- Willacy county named in honor of this member of the Texas
- Escandon, Jose de
- Chief colonizer of Nuevo Santander.
- De Leon, General Alonso
- Governor of Coahuila. He made several expeditions to the
north and the Texas area.
- De Soto, Hernando
- Carbajal y Cueva, Luis de
- Founder of Nuevo Leon. Carbajal was a Portuguese Jew and
native of the Town of Mogodorio in Portugal. He was the
son of Gaspar de Carbajal and married Guiomar de Rivera a
native of Lisbon and daughter of Miguel Nuñez and Blanca
Rodriguez. His paternal grandparents were Gutierre
Vazquez de la Cueva and Francisca de Carbajal. His
maternal grandparents were Antonio de Leon and Francisca
Nuñez also natives of Mogodorio.
- Garay, Francisco de
- Gutierrez de Lara, Col. Bernardo
- Hidalgo, Miguel (Priest)
- Leader of the revolt in 1810 which won Mexico it's
independence from Spain.
- Montemayor, Miguel de
- First governor of Nuevo Leon. Alcalde of
- Palafox, Juan
- Juan de Palafox y Mendoza was born in Fitero, Navarre on
June 24, 1600. He was the son of Jaime de Palafox y
Mendoza, Marques de Ariza. 231-99
He served as the bishop of Puebla and visitador general.
He arrived in Mexico with Viceroy Escalona in
June, 1640. 231-98
- Narváez, Pánfilo de
- General and Lieutenant Governor of Yucatan
- Velázquez, Diego
- Liutentant Governor of Cuba 230-192
- Zavala, Martin De
- Governor of Nuevo Leon. He was the natural son of General
Agustin de Zavala, a miner from Zacatecas. 117-156
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