John Alexander Greer

Portrait of John Alexander Greer Headstone Photograph

John Alexander Greer
Born at Shelbyville, Tenn. July 18, 1802
Died at San Augustine, Texas, July 4, 1855
Senator in the Congress of the Republic
from April 9, 1838 to June 28, 1845
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
from Dec. 21, 1847 to Dec. 22, 1851
Most Worshipful Grand Master of the
Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas in 1842
Erected by the State of Texas

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In memory of
Adeline Minerva Orten
Married to John A. Greer
May 18, 1836
Died Aug. 26, 1843
at San Augustine, Texas
Full Name: John Alexander Greer
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
Row:S  Number:8
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Senate of the Republic of Texas; Secretary of Treasury, Republic of Texas; Lieutenant Governor of Texas 
Birth Date: July 18, 1802 
Died: July 4, 1855 
Burial Date: Reinterred in 1929 
GREER, JOHN ALEXANDER (1802-1855). John Alexander Greer, early settler, lieutenant governor, and legislator, was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on July 18, 1802. He moved to Texas in 1830 from Kentucky. He married Adeline Minerva Orton on May 18, 1836. Greer was a senator representing San Augustine in the Texas Congress from 1837 through 1845; he served in all but the First Congress. He was appointed secretary of the treasury by President Anson Jones in July 1845 and became lieutenant governor of the state of Texas in 1847. He held the position until 1851 and was campaigning for the governorship when he died on July 4, 1855. Greer was buried on his farm nine miles northwest of San Augustine. His remains were moved to the State Cemetery in 1929.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Carolyn Hyman

"GREER, JOHN ALEXANDER." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Wed Feb 12 15:17:38 US/Central 2003].
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