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Of the 254 counties, 42 bear Indian, French, or
Spanish names. Ten honor such colonizers as Stephen F. Austin, "The
Father of Texas." Twelve were named for Washington, Clay and other
American patriots. Ninety-six were named for men like Glasscock who
fought in the Texas War of Independence or at the Alamo, 15 dying at the
Alamo, signed the Declaration of Independence or served as statesmen in
the Republic of Texas. Twenty-three have the names of frontiers men and
pioneers. Eleven honor American statesmen who worked for the annexation
of Texas. Ten leaders in Texas since statehood, including jurist,
ministers, educators, historians, statesmen, and 36 men were prominent
in the Confederacy during Civil War. Midland and eight others have
geographical names. San Jacinto and Val Verde were named for battles,
Live Oak and Orange, for trees, and Mason for a fort.
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