Stephen F. Austin - Austin, TX
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N 30° 15.921 W 097° 43.638
14R E 622426 N 3348874
A full-length bronze statue of Stephen F. Austin at his gravesite in the Texas State Cemetery. As every Texan knows, Stephen F. Austin is the "Father of Texas".
Waymark Code: WMM0ZK
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 06/29/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Per Wikipedia: (visit link)

"Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 – December 27, 1836) was an American empresario born in Virginia and raised in southeastern Missouri. He was known as the Father of Texas, led the second, but first legal and ultimately successful colonization of the region by bringing 300 families from the United States. The capital of Texas, Austin in Travis County, Austin County, Austin Bayou, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Austin College in Sherman, and a number of K-12 schools are named in his honor."

The statue stands on top of his grave prominently located on Republic Hill at the Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas. It is a full-length portrait of Stephen F. Austin shown standing, clothed in a suit with vest and coat, a caped cloak fastened about his neck. His proper right hand is raised and extended out with palm down. The heel of his proper left hand rests on what appears to be a tree stump, and in his fingers he clutches a half unrolled scroll of paper, which at the bottom left corner reads: TEXAS/1834. The sculpture sits atop a tiered stone pillar, which flares out toward the bottom. On the lower portions of the pillar, beneath inscriptions, is a seal in honor of service in the War of 1812.

The inscriptions on the bronze statue and the stone base pillar are as follows:

(on proper right side of statue's self base):

(on stone base pillar):

(on actual gravestone):
Stephen Fuller
"The Father of Texas"
was born in Wythe County, Virginia
November 3, 1793
and died in Brazoria County, Texas
December 27, 1836

Wise, Gentle, Courageous, and Patient
He was the founder
of a mighty commonwealth

For more information on Stephen F. Austin, see: (visit link) and (visit link)
TITLE: Stephen F. Austin, (sculpture)

ARTIST(S): Pompeo Coppini

DATE: 1917

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Republic Hill / Section 1 (C1) / Row L / Number 20 Texas State Cemetery 901 Navasota St. Austin, TX 78702

none noted

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