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 William Christian Menefee

William Christian Menefee

Birth
Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death 29 Oct 1875 (aged 79)
Fayette County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Republic Hill Section 1 Row U Plot 8
Memorial ID 18052 · View Source
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Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. William Menefee was born in Knox County, Tennessee. His early life is unknown until 1824 when his family moved to Alabama, by this time he was already a practicing lawyer. In 1830 he, his wife Agnes, and their seven children moved to Texas, settling in Colorado County. He was well respected there, being one of the few lawyers in the territory, and was elected judge in January of 1836. William was one of the two delegates from Colorado County selected to attend the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos to discuss the coming secession and war with Mexico; it was there he became one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He returned home, later that year being appointed the chief justice of Colorado County. The next year, he began taking greater steps in establishing the new Republic; he served in the Texas Congress from 1837 to 1841, then again from 1844 to 1845, he was one of five commissioners who selected Austin as the new capital in 1839, and in 1840 he was nominated as Secretary of the Treasury, although the nomination was later withdrawn. He moved to Fayette County in 1846 and represented them in the State House of Legislature. William Menefee died on October 29, 1875 and was buried near his home in Flatonia. In 1936, the remains of he and his wife were reinterred with full honors in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition of his service to the Republic of Texas.

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  • Added: 25 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Christian Menefee (11 May 1796–29 Oct 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18052, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .