Who's Who in the Texas Revolution

Juan Seguin

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Juan Seguin

Juan Seguín was one of the most important political and military leaders during the Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas. Because Seguín spoke Spanish, he was chosen to take a message from the Alamo stating that “they would never surrender or retreat.” Returning, he found the Alamo had fallen to Santa Anna. He supervised the burial of the ashes of the heroes of the Alamo. He commanded a militia unit of Mexicans living in Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. He served in the Texas Senate from 1837 to 1840 and then as mayor of San Antonio from 1840 to 1842. Because of conflicts with American settlers and his connections with Mexican business, Seguín resigned as mayor and returned to Mexico in 1842. He fought against the United States in the Mexican War but returned to Texas after the war, and spent the last 20 years of his life in Nuevo Laredo, where he died in 1890.