Moses Austin

Moses Austin

Moses Austin October 4, 1761 – June 10, 1821) played a large part in the development of the American lead industry and is the father of Stephen F. Austin, a leading American settler of Texas. After receiving a land grant from the Spanish government in 1820, Moses Austin planned to be the first to establish an English American settlement in Spanish Texas, but died before his dream was realized. His son, Stephen F. Austin, led the colony to a now sovereign Mexico, and in time, the settlers would demand autonomy and win independence from the Mexican ruler Anotnio Lopez de Santa Anna thereby establishing the Republic of Texas.