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October 20, 2017

John Henninger Reagan Home

14 FEB 1951
SITE OF JOHN HENNIGER REAGAN HOME
near PALESTINE, TEXAS

John H. Reagan Marker Dedication

Right to Left: Mrs. Howard Crane, Mrs. Richardson, Unknown, Mrs. Erma Gooch Collins, Unknown

John Henniger Reagan, 1818-1905, jurist and statesman, Postmaster General of the Confederate States of America, United States Senator, and first chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, was honored with a DAC marker on February 14, 1951. Erected at the site of the front steps of the Reagan plantation home near Palestine, the five-foot marker of pink Texas granite cited Reagan as “a man whose life was devoted to the welfare of his fellow man…a man known as the ‘old Roman’….the Great Commander, the Grand Old Man of Texas.” A walkway leading from the gateway of the property to the marker had been constructed of bricks handmade by slaves on the Reagan plantation. The Reagan home was located near the site Fort Houston, established by General Sam Houston as a fort and stockade to protect settlers of the area.

Dedication of this marker was held in connection with the 1951 State Assembly in Palestine. Icy winter weather prevented travel to the Site, and the ceremony was held instead at the Parish House of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. The marker was presented to Anderson County by Miss Mary Ethyl Walter, State Regent.

John H. Reagan Marker

SITE OF THE HOME OF
JOHN HENNINGER REAGAN
1818 – 1905
JURIST AND STATESMAN
POSTMASTER GENERAL CONFEDERATE STATES
OF AMERICA
UNITED STATES SENATOR
FIRST CHAIRMAN R R COMMISSION OF TEXAS
ERECTED BY TEXAS SOCIETH DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS
1905