Dr Junius William Mottley

Dr Junius William Mottley

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 21 Apr 1836 (aged 24)
Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 7191165 · View Source
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Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Junius Mottley was born in Virginia, April 9, 1812, later moving to Greensburg, Kentucky where in 1833 he began as a first year student in the medical college of Transylvania University. He again matriculated in the fall of 1834 but there are no records that he actually graduated; why he would have left early, if he did, is unknown. Dr. Mottley probably left school to come to Texas, arriving in 1835 with volunteers to fight for independence. He was appointed surgeon of the Post of Goliad on January 24, 1836 by General Sam Houston and served as such until the meeting of the Constitutional Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos, March 1st, to which he had been elected a delegate from the municipality of Goliad. There he became one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. During the war with Mexico, Dr. Mottley was assigned as aide-de-camp to Thomas J. Rusk, Secretary of War, and was mortally wounded in the climactic Battle of San Jacinto. He died on the night of April 21st and was buried on the battlefield, as were eight of the nine of his comrades who were killed or mortally wounded. Motley County, Texas, misspelled, was named in honor of Dr. Junius William Mottley.

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  • Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 17 Feb 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7191165
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Junius William Mottley (9 Apr 1812–21 Apr 1836), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7191165, citing San Jacinto Battlefield State Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Erik Lander (contributor 503045) .