This Week in Texas Methodist History

8/4/2014

Houston Mayor Leaves Bequest for Churches and School  -  August 1856

Last week’s column related Walter Clark’s bequest to Texas Methodist institutions.  Of course many persons include good works in their estate planning, and the development offices of Methodist universities have entire departments devoted to encouraging friends and alumni to do so.  

In the mid-1850s the mayor of Houston, James H. Stevens, although still a young man, was dying of consumption (tuberculosis).  The long, lingering illness gave him to time for estate planning rare in the mid-nineteenth century.  The Methodist Church in Houston was one of the named beneficiaries in his will... 


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