- Get Involved
REDGATE, SAMUEL JOSEPH
REDGATE, SAMUEL JOSEPH (1800–1893). Samuel Redgate, legislator, was born in Bristol, England, in 1800. He moved to the United States in 1829 and settled in Dayton, Ohio. He first visited Texas in 1828 but did not stay. When he returned in 1839, he was granted a headright of 320 acres in Colorado County close to Frelsburg. He was elected justice of the peace, Precinct 3, Colorado County, in the same year and was reelected in 1841 and 1843. In 1842 he served under Gen. Edward Burleson as a volunteer from Colorado County in the Vásquez campaign. On May 30, 1843, Redgate married Mary Theresa Juergensqv. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives for the first regular session of the state legislature in 1846. He served a second term in the Eighth Legislature, 1860–61. During this period he was one of the few representatives who stood firmly against secession. Despite this, he remained in Texas throughout the Civil War. His business activities included a corporation in Columbus, which processed cotton and wool. In the Texas census of 1870 the Redgates are not listed, and by 1871 they are recorded as living in Dayton, Ohio. There Redgate was a partner in the People's Bank and Saving Depository. In 1876 he was strongly influential in organizing the Eagle Colonizing Association, which was formed to bring 350 Germans from the Midwest to Taylor County, Texas. After his wife died in Dayton in 1891, Redgate moved back to Texas and settled in Weatherford. He died in Weatherford on May 20, 1893. In the centennial year 1936 the state of Texas placed a monument near his grave at the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. Redgate Creek in northern Colorado County is named after him.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Joe E. Ericson, Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836–1846): A Biographical Directory (Dallas: Taylor, 1980). Gustavus Adolphus Holland, History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin (Weatherford, Texas: Herald, 1931; rpt. 1937). Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1962 (Austin, 1962). E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Allen Kibler and Dawn Kibler, "REDGATE, SAMUEL JOSEPH," accessed March 22, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/frehu.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.