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Pleasant Williams Kittrell
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1805
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 29, 1867
Huntsville
Walker County
Texas, USA

Statesman and author of the bill to establish the University of Texas. Kittrell was born at Chapel Hill, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at the age of 17. Kittrell studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania but left before receiving a degree. He moved back to North Carolina where he practiced medicine. Kittrell was twice elected to the North Carolina state legislature and after moving to Alabama served three times in the Alabama legislature. He married Mary Frances Goree and in 1850 he and his in-laws moved to Texas and finally settled in Huntsville Texas. In Huntsville Kittrell continued to practice medicine and became good friends with Sam Houston. In Texas he again served his state by serving two terms in the Texas legislature. While serving as chairman of the Education Committee, he introduced a bill that established the University of Texas. Texas had received $10 million dollars for relinquishing claim to parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Wyoming and $200,000 of that money was set aside for the university. In 1862 Sam Houston moved back to Huntsville and rented the Steamboat House from Rufus Bailey. In the summer of 1863 Houston became gravely ill with pneumonia and died in the front, downstairs room. In 1866 Pleasant Kittrell bought the house from Rufus Bailey's son but like his friend Sam Houston, his stay there was short. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1867, Kittrell cared for fever patients until he too succumbed to the disease. Pleasant Kittrell died at the Steamboat House. 
 
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 Parents:
  Mary Norman Kittrell (1776 - 1870)
 
 Children:
  Norman Goree Kittrell (1849 - 1927)*
  Lilla Kittrell Durst (1854 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Huntsville
Walker County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Lanny Medlin
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20428474
Pleasant Williams Kittrell
Added by: Lanny Medlin
 
Pleasant Williams Kittrell
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Pleasant Williams Kittrell
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