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 Joseph Edward Dwyer

Joseph Edward Dwyer

Death 14 Sep 1884 (aged 43)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 8 Row K Column 3
Memorial ID 53720346 · View Source
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Joseph Edward Dwyer was born March 1st 1841 in San Antonio. He was the Son of Irish Immigrant father Edward Dwyer and Canary Islander Mariana Leal. He was one of five children born, and one of two children who survived past their 16th year.

He is also half brother to Concepcion, Josefa and Maria Ramon (Children from his mother's first marriage)

He married Annette Magoffin September 4th 1862 and had a total of seven children. Edward, Joseph E. Jr., Annette M., Samuel J., James M., Patrick A. and Gertrude J.

From the History of Southwest Texas,

In his life he was one of the most distinguished citizens of San Antonio, serving as mayor and in other official capacities and becoming moreover a prominent factor in national politics. For twenty years he was chairman of the Democratic county executive committee and was a Texas delegate to all the Democratic national conventions from 1876 until 1884. inclusive. He was appointed on the notification committee to notify the candidate in each of those years and made the notification speech to Cleveland at Saratoga in July, 1884. He also had a distinguished military record under General Sibley in the Confederate service.


Obituary in the Galveston Daily News read,


A Distinguished Citizen of Texas Passes Away at San Antonio.

[Special To The News]

SAN ANTONIO, September 14. — Gloom was cast over the city this evening by the announcement of the death of Major Joseph E. Dwyer, a native of the city; and one of the
most prominent citizens of West Texas. He was taken ill with, malaria Friday, and died this afternoon of heart complications. He entered the Confederate army in his eighteenth year, and served with distinction to the close of the war, attaining the rank of major on the staff of General Sibley. He served one term in the state senate during Governor Coke's administration and declined re-election. He represented the State in the last four National Democratic conventions, and was a member of the committees notifying Tilden, Hancock and Cleveland of their nomination as the standard-bearers of the party. At the time of his death he was chairman of the congressional executive committee and chairman of the county executive committee, a member of the board of city aldermen from the First ward and chairman of the finance committee.

Major Dwyer was a gentleman — gentle, courteous and knightly — and an entertaining conversationalist in English, French and Spanish, which he spoke with fluency. He leaves a mother, wife and seven children with a fortune estimated at $500,000.


Obituary in the Galveston Daily News, Sept 16 1884


The Last Tribute of Respect Paid to the Eminent Citizen.


SAN ANTONIO, September 15.- The funeral of Major Joseph E. Dwyer was largely attended, there being in the cortege over three hundred vehicles, besides the societies on foot.The pallbearers were L. N. Walthall, Judge T. J. Davine, Colonel J. H. McLeary, John Twohig, J. B. Lacoste, Fermin Casiano, Colonel Frank Corbett, Major J.H. Kampmann. Captain C. H. Merritt, A. W. Houston,
R. C. Schaefer, John Bennett, James Thornton, Wm. Parcoast, Hermann Kampmann, Jno. S. Frazier, S. G. Newton and Juan Cardeux. A touching speech, eulogizing the virtues of the deceased, was delivered at the residence, when the remains were removed to the Cathedral, which had been heavily draped in mcuraing. The requiem mass was sung in F, by Mr. Schmidt, and during the offertory Professor Barbour. M. B., performed the celebrated Marche Funebre of Chopin. All nationalities, creeds and classes gathered around the grave to pay their last token of love and respect to the distinguished citizen.


** If you are connected to this family line I would love to hear from you as there are a couple of things that have always confused me with the Dwyer's **

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  • Created by: Melissa Cassidy-Dwyer
  • Added: 15 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53720346
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Edward Dwyer (1 Mar 1841–14 Sep 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53720346, citing San Fernando Cemetery #1, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Melissa Cassidy-Dwyer (contributor 47252405) .