Texas Revolution


George Childress

George was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1804. He attended college in 1826 at Davidson Academy. George studied law for two years, later he became a chief editor for the Nashville Banner. George was a lawyer, statesman, and author of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He practiced law for a brief period. The following February he and his uncle were elected to represent Milam Municipality at the Convention of 1836. He was named chairman of the committee and is almost acknowledged as the primary author of the document. On March 19 President David G. Burnet sent Robert Hamilton and George Childress to Washington as diplomatic agents for the Republic of Texas. They were sent to negotiate for recognition of the republic. In late May 1836 their mission ended when they were replaced by James Collinsworth and Peter W. Grayson. On December 12, 1836. He returned to Texas three times in 1837, 1839, and 1841 to open law offices, first in Houston, then Galveston. Each time he was unsuccessful. On October 6, 1841 he slashed his abdomen with a bowie knife and died soon thereafter.

Lorenzo De Zavala