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The Fearless Fifty-Nine, Thomas Barnett

Thomas Barnett was the 38 year old Austin representative. The farmer, along with his wife and six children, were some of Austin’s Old Three Hundred, the settlers who purchased land from Stephen F. Austin and made up a colony of the first approved influx of Anglo-Americans to come to Texas. Prior to the convention, Thomas was heavily involved in local politics and continued that after the convention. He represented Fort Bend co. in the Texas Congress for two years before he died there in 1943. The photo is a picture of his home from the Texas Historical Commission