John Woodward appointed Texas consul general to New York
On this day in 1836, John Woodward was appointed Texas consul general to New York. Woodward, a New York judge, had been interested in Texas land as early as 1812. In 1834 he secured settlement rights in Beales's Rio Grande Colony, and in 1836 he was appointed Texas consul general for the New York consulate, which embraced the ports of Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. He petitioned congress for 10,000 acres adjoining his settlement rights in the Ben Milam grant. While traveling in England, Woodward sold 40,000 acres of land to Jonathan Ikin, who sent 100 colonists to the grant but found that it did not exist. Because of the criticisms of his land speculations Woodward was dismissed as consul in 1840.