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 Edwin Leonard Waller

Edwin Leonard Waller

Birth
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Death 3 Jan 1881 (aged 80)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Republic Hill Section 1 Row T Plot 11
Memorial ID 18182 · View Source
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Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Edwin Waller was born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia on November 4, 1800; his early life is unknown until April 1831 when he moved to Texas from Missouri. On July of that year he received a land grant in the Brazoria area and began working as a cotton transporter. He was arrested shortly after for his refusal to pay the high custom duties levied by the Mexican government. He signed up with the Texas militia, fighting in the Battle of Velasco in 1832, and afterward began working as the alcade of Brazoria Municipality. He was elected one of the delegates to represent Brazoria at the Convention of 1836 to discuss the coming secession and war with Mexico, and there signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. He returned to his estate and spent the rest of the revolution there. Starting in 1838 he began working on building the government of the new Republic of Texas, first serving as president of the Brazoria board of land commissioners. In April of 1839 he was selected to supervise the layout and sale of town lots in the new capital of Austin, December of that year he was appointed postmaster general of Texas, although he resigned only one day after he was confirmed. In 1830 he was elected the first mayor of Austin on January 1840 and fought in the Battle of Plum Creek in August. He resigned his post as mayor before his term expired, moved to Austin and set up business in merchandising, also serving as chief justice of Austin County from 1844 to 1856. In 1873, he was honored for his service by having the new county of Waller named after him. Edwin Waller died on January 3, 1881 and was buried in the Waller family cemetery. In 1928, he and his wife were interred with full honors in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition for his service to the Republic of Texas.

Bio by: Screwtape



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  • Added: 27 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18182
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Leonard Waller (4 Nov 1800–3 Jan 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18182, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .