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
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 Montgomery.
Carrol D. Cagle
The Woodlands, TX 77380
This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the June 3, 2009 edition of the Montgomery County News.
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This letter is published by the Texas History Page with the permission of Carrol D. Cagle.