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This Day in Texas History: Mormons Arrive in Texas

This Day in Texas History: Mormons Arrive in Texas November 19, 1845 On this day in 1845, the first group of Mormon settlers to come to Texas, led by Lyman Wight, arrived in Grayson County. After wintering in an abandoned fort at Preston, this group of dissident Mormons pressed on to Austin in June 1846.…
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This day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-Fated Peters Colony

This day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-Fated Peters Colony February 04, 1841 On this day in 1841, the Republic of Texas passed a law authorizing the president to enter into an empresario contract with William S. Peters of Pennsylvania and his associates. The contract required Peters to bring 200 colonists to North…
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This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud

This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud June 20, 1874 On this day in 1874, R. P. “Scrap” Taylor and two others were lynched at Clinton, Texas. The incident was part of the notorious Sutton-Taylor feud, which grew out of violent Reconstruction-era politics. The Suttons were allied with the Reconstruction authorities, particularly…
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