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LA GRANGE TEXAS MONUMENT

Donald Day

LA GRANGE TEXAS MONUMENT. The La Grange Texas Monument was published weekly from July 20, 1850, to February 24, 1855. The paper was established by the Texas Monumental Committee and was incorporated by the legislature for the purpose of publishing Texas history and erecting a monument honoring the Mier expedition prisoners and other Texas martyrs. Although the monument was not built by the committee, the paper carried out its objective to cover Texas life. Lancelot Abbotts moved the press of the Houston Mercantile Advertiser to La Grange and printed the Monument until 1854. Subsequent editors included John W. Dancy, Jonathan Hampton Kuykendall, William P. Smith, Albert P. Posey, and A. R. Gates. In 1852, in spite of the fact that Sam Houston, Jefferson Davis, T. J. Rusk, David S. Kaufman, Volney E. Howard, John C. (Jack) Hays, and others had lent their names to the project and were collecting money for it, the paper did not prosper. At the end of the second volume it was sold to Albert P. Posey, a young newspaper editor from Alabama, who continued the policy of filling his columns with historical facts, incidents, and anecdotes connected with Texas history. Posey not only followed this program, but in addition gave to the Monument the most elevated literary tone of any paper published in Texas before the Civil War. He was a poet, an essayist, an editorial writer, and a humorist; above all, he had a keen perception of what should be preserved in human-interest materials. Unfortunately, he died on April 22, 1854. A. R. Gates bought the press, but the paper was merged with the La Grange Paper, edited by William B. McClellan, in 1855. The only known files of the Texas Monument are in the Texas State Archives, Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Marilyn M. Sibley, Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers before the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Donald Day, "LA GRANGE TEXAS MONUMENT," accessed July 12, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eelwk.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on June 25, 2020. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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