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ROSS, GEORGE M. VON (?–?). George M. von Ross, an American of German descent, wrote in the German language several books that were sent to Germany and published for the use of immigrants to the United States. Included in his works were Rathschläge und Warnungen (1848), a book of advice to immigrants; Der nordamerikanische Freistaat Texas (1851), a volume describing Texas climate, geography, animal and plant life, and minerals and giving a general description of the state as well as detailed accounts of some Texas counties; and Des Auswanderers Handbuch (1851), which had a section on Texas. Ross was for a time associated with Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer in the publication of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung.


Rudolph L. Biesele, The History of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831–1861 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930; rpt. 1964). Solms-Braunfels Archives (transcripts, Sophienburg Museum, New Braunfels, Texas; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin).

Clinton P. Hartmann


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Clinton P. Hartmann, "ROSS, GEORGE M. VON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.