Letter to the Editor -
Lemuel Montgomery Namesake of
Montgomery County, Texas
I have enjoyed reading the point-counterpoint exchange between
Kameron Searle and Robin Montgomery about the naming of Montgomery County. It appears to me that most
of the counties in Texas are named after important national heroes (Washington), state heroes (Travis),
battles (San Jacinto), Spanish settlements (Bexar), or early settlers of note (Grimes).
William Montgomery, Andrew Montgomery, and Margaret Montgomery
Shannon, early Montgomery County settlers some claim to be the founders of the county, in my opinion do not
fit the settlers-of-note mold. Others claim that Richard Montgomery of Revolutionary War fame, for whom
the city of Montgomery, AL [Alabama] was named, was the namesake of Montgomery County, but he has no
connections with Texas.
This leaves the most likely candidate for father of Montgomery County to
be one whom I have not heard named in all this debate. Major Lemuel Montgomery was Sam Houston's
commanding officer in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and died in Sam Houston's arms during the charge against
the Creek Indian barricade. Montgomery County, AL was named after Lemuel
The founders of the town of Montgomery, TX were W. W. Shepperd and
J. W. Moody. Moody was a former County Clerk of Montgomery Co., AL before he came to Texas and served
as the Auditor of the Republic of Texas. It seems logical that Moody would name the town and be able to
persuade Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, to name the new county after Sam's mentor, Lemuel
Carrol D. Cagle
The Woodlands, TX 77380
This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the June 3, 2009 edition of the Monttgomery County
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