WOODWARD, JOHN

WOODWARD, JOHN (?–?). John Woodward, Texas consul in New York from 1836 to 1840, was a New York judge when he became interested in Texas lands as early as 1812. It was not until 1834, however, that he secured settlement rights under John Charles Beales's contract in the Ben Milam grant and engaged Edward Howard to obtain settlers for him to locate on the Colorado River. On December 15, 1836, Woodward was appointed Texas consul general for the New York consulate, which embraced the ports of Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. In 1837 he petitioned the Texas Congress to grant him 10,000 acres of land adjoining his original grant and continued to petition throughout his consulship. While traveling in England, Woodward sold 40,000 acres of land to Jonathan Ikin, who sent 100 colonists to the grant but found that it did not exist. On October 13, 1837, Woodward purchased ninety-nine leagues of land for the Rio Grande and Texas Land Company, retaining one-fourth of the land for his services. Because of his land speculations he was the object of considerable criticism and on February 6, 1840, was dismissed as consul.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Alma Howell Brown, "The Consular Service of the Republic of Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33 (January, April 1930). Lucy Lee Dickson, Speculation of John Charles Beales in Texas Lands (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 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.

Citation

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

Handbook of Texas Online, "WOODWARD, JOHN," accessed January 20, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwo18.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...