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  • Robert Frank Pfertner (1932 - 2003)
    Robert F. Pfertner Sr., 70, of Austin, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2003. Born on September 2, 1932, in Liberty, Texas, Robert was the son of Edmund Pfertner and Adella (Krenek) Pfertner. A grad...
  • George Newton Smith (1866 - 1948)
  • James Michie Akin, Sr. (1903 - 1994)
  • Joseph Alexander "Jodie" Kemp (1861 - 1930)
    Joseph Alexander (Jodie) Kemp, entrepreneur and investor, was born to William T. and Emma F. (Stinnett) Kemp in Clifton, Texas, on July 31, 1861. He graduated from Clifton High School in 1878 and took ...
  • Gen. Andrew Jackson Hamilton (USA), Governor (1815 - 1875)
    General, USV (September 18, 1863)Andrew Jackson Hamilton (January 28, 1815 – April 11, 1875) was a United States politician during the third quarter of the 19th century. He was a lawyer, state represen...

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Austin, Texas.

Please do not confuse the City of Austin with Austin County.

Austin is the county seat of Travis County, Texas and the state capital of Texas.

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Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community. The city's official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the city's many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. The city also adopted "Silicon Hills" as a nickname in the 1990s due to a rapid influx of technology and development companies. In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird", which refers to the desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. Since the late 19th century, Austin has also been known as the "City of the Violet Crown", because of the colorful glow of light across the hills just after sunset.

By the 1990s, Austin emerged as a center for technology and business. A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin, including 3M, Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Whole Foods Market. Dell's worldwide headquarters is located in the nearby suburb of Round Rock.

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Austin City Limits (1976-present]