Juan Erasmo Seguin

Juan Erasmo Seguin is the native hero of the Alamo

A Short Biography

He was born in San Antonio on May 26, 1782. Sometime after 1800 he married Maria Josefa Becerra, who was the daughter of a non commissioned officer of La Bahia. He had 3 children. Erasmo Seguin's public career began in 1807. He became San Antonio's postmaster. He held this position until October 1835 with only two interruptions. Unwilling to accept a pardon, he was exonerated in 1818 but did not regain the postmaster-ship until 1822. Shortly before independence he was elected alcalde of San Antonio.


Why did Erasmo want a settlement?

Erasmo wanted a settlement because he wanted to have land for business and personal ties to Stephen F. Austin. In 1835, General Martin Perfecto de Cos removed Seguin from office and forced him to march to his ranch, thirty miles east from San Antonio. In 1840 the Texas Congress compensated Seguin in the amount of $3,004 for the supplies he furnished.

When did Erasmo get his settlement?

Upon his return to San Antonio late in 1824, Seguin labored to build up his economic position. In 1835, General Martin Perfecto de Cos removed Seguin from office and forced him to march to his ranch, thirty miles east from San Antonio. In 1840 the Texas Congress compensated Seguin in the amount of $3,004 for the supplies he furnished.


Where was this settlement?

What did Erasmo do to get a settlement?

He received a number of public trusts. In 1821 Governor Antonio Martinez appointed him to inform Moses Austin that the latter's petition of to start a colony in Texas had been approved. The convention of 1833 appointed Seguin as one of of three of the representatives of Texas's greivences to the national government.