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Jacob Kuechler
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1823
Hessen, Germany
Death: Apr. 3, 1893
Travis County
Texas, USA

Jacob Kuechler was born in Hesse-Darmastadt, Germany in 1823 during a time of great conflict in Europe. Kuechler studied civil engineering and forestry at the University of Giessen, and later moved to Texas at the age of 24. Early on, he became one of the founders of dendrochronology, the study of tree rings, and made great strides in the science, easing the worries of settlers in Fredericksburg, during an uncharacteristically dry period. Kuechler worked as a surveyor until 1861. He was commissioned by Governor Sam Houston to enroll state militia troops for Gillespie County. He was viewed as a traitor, however, because he only recruited Unionist sympathizers of German descent. Kuechler's forces were massacred along the Nueces River as they attempted to escape Texas to go to Mexico, and eventually meet with union forces. Upon his return to Texas, he was elected as a delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1869. At the convention, he became an advocate for Germans in the Republican Party during the Reconstruction period. Kuechler became land commissioner by appointment of General Joseph Jones Reynolds of the military Reconstruction government on January 19, 1870. He held the office of land commissioner until January 20, 1874. He anticipated civil service reform, and protected employees whose political views differed from his own. He was the first commissioner to suggest reforms and regulations for land surveyors as well. He cited the incompetence of county surveyors leading to a tremendous amount of additional work for land office staff, causing business to lag. He was also the first to recommend employing a state land surveyor at the GLO. The end of reconstruction was the end of the Republican Party in Texas for many years, which meant the end of Kuechler's term in office. Kuechler passed away in Austin on April 4, 1893 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

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"US CENSUS 1860"
Name: Jacob Kuechler
Residence: , Gillespie, Texas
Ward: Precinct N 3
Age: 37 years
Estimated Birth Year: 1823
Birthplace: Hessia
Gender: Male
Page: 31
Family Number: 259
Film Number: 805295
DGS Number: 4297437
Image Number: 00012
NARA Number: M653

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1860.
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Bio info courtesy of Robert Kuhmann
Family links: 
  Marie Petri Kuechler (1819 - 1900)
  Camillo A Kuechler (1859 - 1925)*
  Richard Kuechler (1860 - 1878)*
  Ralph Kuechler (1862 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 4 Lot 99
Created by: Russell Speir
Record added: Aug 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57616297
Jacob Kuechler
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
Jacob Kuechler
Added by: Russell Speir
Jacob Kuechler
Added by: Russell Speir
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