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Theodore Augustus Low Sr.

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Theodore Augustus Low Sr.

Birth
Concord, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death
14 Jan 1911 (aged 61)
Washington County, Texas, USA
Burial
Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION 3, RANGE 1
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Theodore Augustus Low was born near Concord, Tennessee, May 20, 1849 and was the son of General Sam D.W. Low and Amanda Matlock Low, both of whom were born in the Commonwealth. Samuel D.W. Low was a farmer and a general in the Tennessee State Militia.

Mr. Low was associated with farm life until the age of 21, in the meantime attending school, and later becoming a student in the Ewing and Jefferson College of Blount County, Tennessee. He arrived in Austin, Texas in 1871, but after six months came to Brenham, Texas, embarking in the machinery and implement business. In 1876 he formed a co-partnership with W.A. Wood in the lumber and farm machinery business, the relationship continuing until 1887. Two years later, Mr. Low again entered into the lumber business, this time with Rudolph Stuckert, and his firm was succeeded by T.A. Low & Sons. Mr. Low's two estimable sons had attained their majority, and he began to teach them the principles of commercialism which he so well understood. In 1904, having been elected president of the First National Bank, Mr. Low turned the full control of the lumber yards to his sons, S.D.W. Low and T.A. Low, Jr.

T.A. Low was united in marriage in 1873 to Cecelia T. Baine, daughter of Moses Baine, who came to Texas in 1833. Three children were born of this union, S.D.W. Low, T.A. Low, Jr., and Mrs. William Morriss, all of whom reside in Brenham. This good man entered into everlasting rest in 1911.

This statement of facts gives but little idea of the important part Mr. Low took in the commercial, political, and religious life of Brenham and Washington County. As a business man he possessed the executive ability and power as an organizer that are chief factors in success. As a citizen and social unit his charity embraced all who were worthy, and his popularity made his loss felt beyond the circles of his own family and associate. He was too young to join the Confederate army, but most of his relatives participated. In his youth the stories told of the valor of those who wore the gray perpetuated in his soul a desire to honor and revere the illustrious dead.

...Mr. Low was a distinguished member of the...29th [Texas state] Legislature. Guided by his earnest wish to honor the first and last president of the United Confederacy of the Southern States, Mr. Low, on January 13, 1905 introduced House Bill No. 91...to make June 3rd a State holiday in honor of Jefferson Davis...the same being the anniversary of his [Davis'] birth. This bill was...approved...and became a law...after the adjournment of the 29th Legislature.

History of Brenham and Washington County (1915)
by Mrs. R. E. Pennington
pg. 92-94

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In 1973, the Texas legislature combined the previously official state holidays of Robert E. Lee's and Jefferson Davis' birthdays into a single "Confederate Heroes Day".

Source:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day
Theodore Augustus Low was born near Concord, Tennessee, May 20, 1849 and was the son of General Sam D.W. Low and Amanda Matlock Low, both of whom were born in the Commonwealth. Samuel D.W. Low was a farmer and a general in the Tennessee State Militia.

Mr. Low was associated with farm life until the age of 21, in the meantime attending school, and later becoming a student in the Ewing and Jefferson College of Blount County, Tennessee. He arrived in Austin, Texas in 1871, but after six months came to Brenham, Texas, embarking in the machinery and implement business. In 1876 he formed a co-partnership with W.A. Wood in the lumber and farm machinery business, the relationship continuing until 1887. Two years later, Mr. Low again entered into the lumber business, this time with Rudolph Stuckert, and his firm was succeeded by T.A. Low & Sons. Mr. Low's two estimable sons had attained their majority, and he began to teach them the principles of commercialism which he so well understood. In 1904, having been elected president of the First National Bank, Mr. Low turned the full control of the lumber yards to his sons, S.D.W. Low and T.A. Low, Jr.

T.A. Low was united in marriage in 1873 to Cecelia T. Baine, daughter of Moses Baine, who came to Texas in 1833. Three children were born of this union, S.D.W. Low, T.A. Low, Jr., and Mrs. William Morriss, all of whom reside in Brenham. This good man entered into everlasting rest in 1911.

This statement of facts gives but little idea of the important part Mr. Low took in the commercial, political, and religious life of Brenham and Washington County. As a business man he possessed the executive ability and power as an organizer that are chief factors in success. As a citizen and social unit his charity embraced all who were worthy, and his popularity made his loss felt beyond the circles of his own family and associate. He was too young to join the Confederate army, but most of his relatives participated. In his youth the stories told of the valor of those who wore the gray perpetuated in his soul a desire to honor and revere the illustrious dead.

...Mr. Low was a distinguished member of the...29th [Texas state] Legislature. Guided by his earnest wish to honor the first and last president of the United Confederacy of the Southern States, Mr. Low, on January 13, 1905 introduced House Bill No. 91...to make June 3rd a State holiday in honor of Jefferson Davis...the same being the anniversary of his [Davis'] birth. This bill was...approved...and became a law...after the adjournment of the 29th Legislature.

History of Brenham and Washington County (1915)
by Mrs. R. E. Pennington
pg. 92-94

***

In 1973, the Texas legislature combined the previously official state holidays of Robert E. Lee's and Jefferson Davis' birthdays into a single "Confederate Heroes Day".

Source:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day


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