George Taylor Jester
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Location: 609 W. 7th Corsicana, TX

George Taylor Jester (1846-1922)

Lieutenant Governor of Texas (1894-1898) also father of Beauford Jester, and later Texas Governor. As a boy, came from Illinois to Corsicana in a two-horse wagon. Worked on courthouse first brick building in area for 50cents a day. At 18 joined confederate army, but Lee surrendered same year.

Married twice had 5 children, "Clerked" from dry-goods store and traded in cotton before helping form Jester Brothers Bank in 1881. Served as Representative (1890-1892) and Senator (1892-1894) from ninth district in Texas Legislature. Was one of the founders of Southern Methodist University. 

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 1967


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