Henderson King Yoakum

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Henderson King Yoakum

Birthplace: Claiborne County, Tennessee,
Death: 1856 (45-46)
Place of Burial: Oakwood Cemetery Huntsville Walker County Texas
Immediate Family:

Son of George Yoakum and Mary Ann Yoakum
Husband of Eveline Yoakum
Father of Mary Robinson and Houston Yoakum
Brother of Emily Ann Stephens; Martha Aurelia Wright; Marie Louise Bayless; Washington Campbell Yoakum; Franklin Laughlin Yoakum and 3 others

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About Henderson King Yoakum



Henderson King Yoakum (September 6, 1810 – November 30, 1856) was a Texas historian. He was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and graduated from West Point in 1832. Yoakum served in the Tennessee Senate from 1839 to 1845 and strongly advocated for the annexation of Texas. Yoakum served as the director of the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, beginning in 1849. In 1846, Yoakum authored a two-volume work entitled History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846. An 1805-1819 map of Spanish Texas is found at the front of the text. Yoakum County, Texas, established in 1876, was named after him.


Politician, Colonel of Texas Militia, Professor, and Librarian of Austin College, Historian, and Civic Leader. After Henderson Yoakum graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1832, he was brevetted lieutenant, and served in the Black Hawk expedition the same year. He resigned in 1833 he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Tennessee from 1835 till 1845. He served as mayor of Murfreesboro. In 1839 he was elected a member of the state senate in Tennessee. He served as chair of the State Democratic Convention. After he moved to Texas in 1845, he served in the Mexican war as 1st lieutenant of Texas Mounted Rifle Volunteers. He was promoted to colonel of Texas militia where he served from 1850 to 1856 while he also continued to practice law. He became a friend and an important personal and political confidant of Sam Houston. Colonel Yoakum was one of the founders, a teacher of law and the first librarian of Austin College. He grew wealthy, and owned over ten thousand acres in five east Texas counties. He was a contributor to various periodicals, and published the first comprehensive history of Texas titled "A History of Texas from its First Settlement under La Salle in 1685 to its Annexation to the United States in 1845" (New York, 1855). He and his wife Eveline Cannon Yoakum had nine children.

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Claiborne County, Tennessee,
Age 46
Oakwood Cemetery Huntsville Walker County Texas