Nicholas Adolphus Sterne

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Nicholas Adolphus Sterne

Colonist, financier of the Texas Revolution, merchant, and legislator, the eldest son of Emmanuel Sterne and his second wife, Helen, was born in Cologne, although Alsace is also claimed as his birthplace.
Sterne assisted Haden Edwards and other immigrants in their resistance to the Mexican government. He smuggled guns and other materials in barrels of coffee. Spies in New Orleans alerted Nacogdoches authorities to these activities, and Sterne was arrested, tried for treason, and sentenced to be shot. While his case was reviewed in San Antonio and Saltillo, he was incarcerated in the Stone House (now the Old Stone Fort). Because his guards were also Masons, however, he came and went as he pleased and eventually was released on the promise that he would never again take up arms against the government.
Husband of Eva Catherine Rosine Ruff, born June 23, 1809.
On February 19, 1840, Sterne became postmaster at Nacogdoches. He served as deputy clerk and associate justice of the county court. In 1841 he became a justice of the peace. He was deputy clerk of the board of land commissioners and commissioner of roads and revenues for Nacogdoches County. He served as a member of the board of health and was overseer of streets for the corporation of Nacogdoches. In 1847 he won election to represent Nacogdoches in the House of Representatives of the Second Legislature. He continued during the Third Legislature, and in 1851 advanced to the Senate of the Fourth Legislature. Sterne was a member of many private organizations, especially Masonic ones.


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  • Maintained by: Gary Sterne
  • Originally Created by: MB
  • Added: 18 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7272531
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nicholas Adolphus Sterne (5 Apr 1801–27 Mar 1852), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7272531, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Gary Sterne (contributor 47775929) .