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    Samuel Rhoads Fisher

    1794-1839

    Signer of Texas Declaration of Independence
    Republic of Texas Secretary of the Navy
    Historical Marker (In Matagorda Cemetery) Text:

    Grave of Republic of Texas Secretary of the Navy

    S. Rhoads Fisher

    1794-1839
    Statesman - businessman who contributed talent and time to establish and maintain Texas Independence.

    A quaker; born in Pennsylvania. Moved to Texas 1830. Set up mercantile house and shipping business in Matagorda. Struggled against anti-Texas policies of Santa Anna's dictatorship in Mexico. Won election as one of Matagorda delegates to the 1836 convention in Washington on the Brazos. Signed Texas declaration of Independence. In first regular administration of Republic of Texas, became secretary of the navy in cabinet of president Sam Houston in October 1836.

    By March 1837 Mexican blockaders were trying to reduce Texas to starvation by capturing shipments including those of the U.S.A. -- on Gulf of Mexico.

    Secretary Fisher went to sea with the Texas navy to attack Mexican coast and draw blockaders away from ports of Galveston, Matagorda, and Velasco. Texas captured territory and ships of the enemy; but later accidents and storms destroyed the navy and prizes.

    In late 1837 secretary Fisher resigned. Back in Matagorda he died as result of a shooting in 1839. He and his wife had four children. Several leaders in state government have come from this family. In 1876 a new county was named in honor of S. Rhoads Fisher.

    (1968)
    Samuel Rhoads Fisher Historical Marker, Matagorda, Tx
    Samuel Rhoads Fisher Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
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