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Edward Degener

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany,
Death: 1890 (81)
San Antonio, TX
Place of Burial: City Cemetery #1 San Antonio Bexar County Texas
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Husband of Marie Degener
Father of Hilmar Degener and Hugo Degener

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About Edward Degener, US Congress


Edward Degener (October 20, 1809 – September 11, 1890) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Texas during Reconstruction.

During the Civil War, civilian Degener was arrested by the Confederate States Army and charged with being "a dangerous and seditious person and an enemy to the government."[2] Degener had allegedly criticized the Confederacy, corresponded with alleged enemies of same, and failed to report known Union sympathizers. Degener pled not guilty. His legal counsel challenged the legal authority of the military, and the charge of sedition, which was not a crime legally recognized by the government. Found guilty anyway, he was ordered to post a bond of $5,000 that he would be loyal to the Confederacy.

Degener's sons Hugo and Hilmar died during the Nueces massacre. To honor their memory, Degener along with Eduard Steves and William Heuermann, purchased land for the establishment of the German-language Treue der Union Monument, which became part of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Texas November 29, 1978.


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Brunswick, Germany,
Age 31
Age 33
Braunschweig Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Age 81
San Antonio, TX
City Cemetery #1 San Antonio Bexar County Texas