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MCCONNELL, THOMAS (1807–1844). Thomas McConnell, a merchant and Republic of Texas congressman, was born in Ohio in 1807 and moved to Texas from Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1840. He lived at Victoria until his home was destroyed in the Linnville Raid of 1840, when he became a proprietor and founder of the town of La Vaca (now Port Lavaca). In 1841–42 he represented Victoria County in the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas. He died in 1844.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Julia L. Vivian


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

Julia L. Vivian, "MCCONNELL, THOMAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.