Marcus Hervey Townsend

Marcus Hervey Townsend

Birth
Oakland, Colorado County, Texas, USA
Death 28 Jun 1915 (aged 57)
USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Space 9, Lot 179, Block 5
Memorial ID 43236923 · View Source
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Lawyer, politician; Member Texas state house, 1882-1887; 1888-elected to Texas state senate: 1886 - authored the measure authorizing the purchase of the Alamo by the state of Texas and was chairman of the committee on the part of the House which made said purchase.

San Antonio, Tex. June 29-- M. H. Townsend, widely known as a lawyer and financier in South Texas, died yesterday afternoon at 5:30 at his home, 508 Fifth Street. Mr. Townsend was author of the bill and chairman of the legislative committee that brought about the purchase of the Alamo Building. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4:40 o'clock from the residence. Interment will be in Mission Burial Park. Rev. Wilbur F. Packard, pastor of the Travis Park Methodist Church, will conduct the services. The pallbearers will be: Active--J.L. Kerr, E.A. Hutchins, W.R. King, W.B. William, J.E. Richey, T.F. Mangum, George C. Saur, F.G. Hiltje, Honorary--T. A. Hill of Weimar, George Burgess of Gonzales, Jonathan Lane, M.H. Garwood and W.T. Eldridge of Houston, Thomas F. Boulden of Columbus, Ike T. Pryor, Clifton George, Dr. Fred Terrell and T.H. Franklin. Mr. Townsend was born in Colorado County in 1858, reared on a farm and educated in the common schools of the county. His parents were Moses B. and Anna E. Townsend, both now dead. Left fatherless at the age of nine years, he determined to acquire an education. He studied law at old Baylor University at Independence, and was admitted to the bar in 1880. From 1886 to 1906 he was a member of the law firm of Foard, Thompson and Townsend at Columbus, and during this time participated in many noted criminal and civil cases, among others the Eldridge case tried at Richmond, his client being acquitted. Mr. Townsend began his public life in the Texas House of Representatives, eighteenth Legislature, in 1882, having been elected from Colorado County, and the first Democrat ever named over a Republican in that county. He succeded in having a new county, Foard, created in North Central Texas, and was so named in honor of his law partner, Major Foard, formerly of Columbus. Mr. Townsend was well known throughout South and Southwest Texas as a man of decided convictions, clear, masterful mind, quick and active in business as well as in his profession, tireless, unrelenting and fearless in his efforts to accomplish anythng he thought right. He was a director of the City National Bank of San Antonio, and known as a man who builded and developed. His greatest pleasure was to see his friends and those he loved prosper and succeed.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1915






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  • Created by: David Hahn
  • Added: 18 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43236923
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marcus Hervey Townsend (26 Mar 1858–28 Jun 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43236923, citing Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by David Hahn (contributor 46790877) .