Details for Richard Bennett Hubbard

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5423007736


Marker Number 7736
Atlas Number 5423007736
Marker Title Richard Bennett Hubbard
Index Entry Hubbard, Richard Bennett
City Tyler
County Smith
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 282715
UTM Northing 3581975
Subject Codes Civil War; law, lawyers; military topics
Marker Year 1982
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood and N. Palace St.
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text (1832-1901) Georgia native Richard Bennett Hubbard came to Texas in 1853 and set up a law practice in Tyler with B. T. Selman, later a state senator. Politically active, Hubbard became a leading spokesman for the Democratic Party. His early career in government included service as U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1857-59, and state legislator, 1859-61. At the outbreak of the Civil War Hubbard raised a battalion, which later became the 22nd Texas Infantry Regiment. He was the only colonel of the unit, which participated in the 1864 Battle of Mansfield, La., as well as other skirmishes. After the war he returned to Tyler but found his law practice restricted by the Reconstruction government. As a result, he turned his attention to railroads and was instrumental in the early development of area rail lines. Hubbard was elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 1873. Three years later he became governor when Richard Coke resigned the office to serve as U. S. Senator. An ambassador to Japan in the administration of President Grover Cleveland, Hubbard was noted for his oratorical ability and his devotion to public service. His leadership was instrumental in Texas' growth during the latter part of the 19th century.

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