Dr. John Gordon Chalmers

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Dr. John Gordon Chalmers

Birthplace: Halifax County, Virginia, United States
Death: January 01, 1847 (43)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States (Murdered by knife in argument with Joshua Holden)
Place of Burial: Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Ronald Chalmers and Sarah Lanier Chalmers
Husband of Mary Wade Chalmers
Father of Mary Wallace Green; Alexander H Chalmers; William Leigh Chalmers; Eliza H Major; Sarah Glenn Riddell and 2 others
Brother of James Ronald Chalmers, Jr.; Sarah Lanier Glenn; David Chalmers; Sen. Joseph Williams Chalmers, (D-MS); Janet Hamilton Brodnax and 1 other
Half brother of Catherine Flippen; Ann Grigg; Thompson Pell; Cassandria Grigg; William Pell and 1 other

Occupation: Editor, politician
Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
Last Updated:

About Dr. John Gordon Chalmers

Birth: Aug. 25, 1803 Death: Jan. 1, 1847

s/o James Chalmers & Sarah Lanier Williams w/o Mary Wade Henderson - m. 02 Oct 1827


Children: 1. Mary Wallace Chalmers - b. 1829 2. Alexander H. Chalmers - b. ~1832 3. William Leigh Chalmers - b. ~1833 4. Eliza H. Chalmers - b. 1836 5. Sarah Glenn Chalmers - b. ~1841 6. Anna Thomas Chalmers - b. 14 Jul 1844 7. Fanny Gordon Chalmers - b. 24 Mar 1847


Bio provided by Greg Harber.

CHALMERS, JOHN GORDON (1803–1847). John Gordon Chalmers, editor and political figure in the Republic of Texas, was born in Halifax County, Virginia, on August 25, 1803, the son of James Ronald and Sarah Lanier (Williams) Chalmers. After graduation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he received his medical education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where his uncle, Rev. Thomas Chalmers, was a leading theologian. On his return from Scotland, he served for several years in the Virginia legislature. In 1827 he married Mary Wade Henderson of Milton, North Carolina; they had seven children. Chalmers moved his family to Texas in 1840 and settled first in La Grange and then in Austin. He held office for a time as secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas under President Mirabeau B. Lamar and later chaired the committee that drafted the resolution approving the annexation of Texas to the United States. Chalmers helped establish the Democratic party in Texas. In 1845 he became editor and proprietor of the Austin New Era. He also formed a partnership with Michael Cronican to publish the Austin Texas Democrat. On January 1, 1847, he became involved in a heated argument with Joshua Holden; a fight resulted and Chalmers was mortally stabbed. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

Family links:

 Mary Wade Henderson Chalmers (1809 - 1851)*
 Mary Wallace Chalmers Green (1829 - 1866)*
 Eliza H. Chalmers Major (1836 - 1868)*
 Sarah Glenn Chalmers Riddell (1841 - ____)*
 Annie T. Chalmers Masterson (1844 - 1914)*
 Fanny Chalmers Roberts (1847 - 1883)*
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Inscription: Aged 38 yrs

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery Austin Travis County Texas, USA Plot: Section 1, Green Lot

Created by: Geno-seeker Record added: Dec 29, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 63478826 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63478826


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Dr. John Gordon Chalmers's Timeline

August 25, 1803
Halifax County, Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States
- 1845
Age 37
Republic of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States
July 14, 1844
TX, United States
- 1847
Age 41
Austin New Era, Austin, Texas, United States