SWEITZER, ALONZO B.
SWEITZER, ALONZO B. (?–1841). Alonzo B. Sweitzer, early settler, soldier, and public official, moved to Texas in 1833. He served as captain in the Army of the Republic of Texas from May 18 to December 17, 1836. On December 18, 1836, President Sam Houston appointed him lieutenant colonel of permanent volunteers. On August 24, 1837, Sweitzer was appointed special agent to treat with the Comanche Indians. He was elected representative from Gonzales County to the House of Representatives of the Third Congress, an office he held from November 5, 1838, to January 24, 1839. That same year Sweitzer was involved in an argument with Benjamin McCulloch. Sweitzer sent a challenge to McCulloch by Reuben Ross. When McCulloch refused to accept it on the grounds that Sweitzer was not a gentleman, Ross took offense and offered to take the place of Sweitzer. McCulloch accepted and was wounded in a subsequent rifle duel. Later Sweitzer had another quarrel with Robert S. Neighbors, who killed him in Gonzales in 1841.
Jack W. Gunn, "Ben McCulloch: A Big Captain," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 58 (July 1954). Louis Wiltz Kemp, ed., "The Joseph H. D. Rodgers Letters," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 55 (July, October 1951). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
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, Stephen L. Hardin, "SWEITZER, ALONZO B.," accessed January 23, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fsw30.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on May 3, 2019. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.