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HART, LAWRENCE JOSEPH (1862–1838). Lawrence Joseph Hart, businessman, the son of Thomas and Anatasia (Hurley) Hart, was born in Dubuque County, Iowa, on February 27, 1862. After graduating from St. Joseph's College at Dubuque, he went to Denver, Colorado, in 1887 and began dealing in real estate. Early in 1890 he moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he became one of the most prominent businessmen of the city. He was one of the organizers of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, its president in 1901–02, and a director for twenty years. In the early 1900s he promoted the Gunter Hotel and became president of the San Antonio Hotel Company. Hart was probably best known for his real estate dealing in downtown San Antonio; he was called the "Builder of St. Mary's Street," which he opened and developed. He also opened several residential districts, was vice president of the Commercial Loan and Trust Company, and served as director of the San Antonio Belt and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroads. He was on the board of regents of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (later Texas A&M University) for fourteen years, the last six as president of the board. Hart married Maude Eleanor Oliver on June 21, 1900, and they had two children. He remained active in San Antonio business affairs until a short time before his death, on July 8, 1938.


Ellis A. Davis, and Edwin H. Grobe, comps., The New Encyclopedia of Texas (4 vols. 1929?). San Antonio Express, July 9, 1938. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Carolyn Hyman


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Carolyn Hyman, "HART, LAWRENCE JOSEPH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.