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A Guide to the John Day Andrews Letter, 1837
John Day Andrews, mayor of Houston, planter, and businessman, was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on August 30, 1795. Andrews managed a hotel, probably in Hanover County, Virginia, and married a widow, Mrs. Eugenia Price Thilman, of Hanover County on 1830. He moved to Houston by 1838 with his wife and family. By 1840 Andrews owned twenty-two slaves and a small farm in Harris County, as well as seventeen town lots. He become one of the early civic leaders of Houston and was instrumental in the development of many area business and infrastructure.
His work on behalf of the town's commercial welfare contributed to his being elected mayor in 1841 and 1842. Under his direction the city government established a Port of Houston Authority, which regulated all wharves, slips, and roads adjacent to Buffalo and White Oak. He died on August 30, 1882, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Andrews Street in Houston was named in his honor.
Priscilla Myers Benham, "ANDREWS, JOHN DAY," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on February 18, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Letter from John Day Andrews, in Houston, Texas, to William Fanning Wickham, in Hanover County, Virginia, extolling the many virtues of life in Texas and the many economical and health benefits of living in Texas.
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John Day Andrews Letter, 1837, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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