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06 August 2012
General James Smith,
Henderson, Rusk Co, TX
at the corner of South Main St. and Jacksonville Drive.
Park named for General James Smith (Sept. 10, 1792-Dec. 25, 1855) On this
hill, as he wished for burial in sight of courthouse, is grave of General James
Smith, co-founder of Henderson. A South Carolina native, he fought for the U.S.
in War of 1812. Moved to Texas 1835. Returned to U.S. to raise troops for Texas
War of Independence. Later he fought in Republic's Indian Wars; regulator-
moderator uprising in 1840s in East Texas; and in Mexican War. He was first
Judge, East Texas District; a legislator; honored in naming of nearby Smith
County. His wife, Hannah Parker Smith, is buried beside him in this park. They
had ten children.