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Cane made from a wild cherry tree that grew over the grave of Moses Austin
Title: Cane made from a wild cherry tree that grew over the grave of Moses Austin
Description: Slim cane, brown wood, with the appearance of a prickly tree limb. Glossy surface.
Description: Historical Note: This cane was made from a wild cherry tree that grew over the grave of Moses Austin at Potosi, Missouri. Moses Austin was born October 4, 1761, in Durham, Connecticut. He married Mary Brown in 1785 and the couple had five children, including Stephen Fuller Austin. Moses founded his own dry goods company (Moses Austin and Co.) and in 1789 won the Virginia state contract to provide a lead roof for the new capitol building. His innovative business and mining strategies earned Austin credit for founding the lead industry in the United States. Though he amassed a considerable fortune from his lead mining ventures, the failure of the Bank of St. Louis sent Austin into debt. So he devised a plan to colonize Spanish-controlled Texas with Anglo settlers. He travelled to Texas and won the approval of the Spanish governor in 1820, but his health soon failed. Suffering from pneumonia contracted in Texas, Moses Austin died on June 10, 1821. His final wishes were that his son Stephen carry on with his plans to colonize Texas.
Description: Related Collection: Moses Austin Papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Citation information: ATF0400, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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