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George Washington Hockley
Secretary of War

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George Washington Hockley (1802 – June 6, 1854) was a Texas revolutionary who served as Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas.[1]

Hockley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Thomas Hockley (1764 to 1805), a Philadelphia merchant, and his wife Mary Wescott (1764 to 1848). In the above-mentioned recollections of Mr. Howard, he states that then-Major Hockley was an executor of his aunt Patience Wescott of Philadelphia; she had owned 32,500 acres of land in Tipton County, Tennessee.

Hockley, serving in the Texas Army as a colonel, was in charge of the artillery at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto.

He was the Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas during the first and second administrations of the new President Sam Houston. He served briefly in 1838 and again from 1841 to 1842. In 1843, Houston selected Hockley to serve as a military representative of a Texas diplomatic mission to Mexico. He met with Adrian Woll's delegation at Sabinas, Mexico, where they discussed a amnesty offered by Antonio de Santa Anna to Texas, and proposed a withdrawal of Mexican troops from the Nueces Strip. Hockley, and his colleague, Samuel May Williams remained in Sabinas for six months. Although no agreement from these talks were legalized, they were successful in postponing the threat of a Mexican invasion for another year while Texas negotiated with the United States and Great Britain for protection through official recognition or annexation.[2]

Hockley died on June 6, 1851, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is interred at the city's Old Bayview Cemetery. In 1936, the year of the Texas Centennial, the state erected a monument in his honor.[1] Hockley County, Texas was named in his honor.[3]

He founded the town of Hockley, Texas in 1835.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hyman, Carolyn (June 15, 2010). "HOCKLEY, GEORGE WASHINGTON". Texas State Historical Association. 
  2. Henson, Margaret Swett (1976). Samuel May Williams: Early Texas Entrepreneur. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press. pp. 122–130. 
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 158. 
  • Necrology For 1851, New York Daily Times, January 1, 1852, Page 8.

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