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and intelligence of the people.”..... Stephen F. Austin
Stephen Fuller was born Nov 3 1793 in Wythe County, Virginia, to parents Moses Austin and Mary Brown. The family then moved to a lead mining district called today Potosi, Missouri. Father, Moses had received a sitio from the Spanish government in this area.
He was educated at a university in Lexington, Kentucky. His first job was serving in the legislature of the Missouri Territory. The next move was Louisiana in Nov, 1820 and studied law.
While Stephen was moving around, his father, Moses was awarded an empresario grant by Spanish Texas. This grant was to bring in colonization to the area (300 families known as Old 300 Hundred).  
The grant was left to Stephen. Mother, Mary insisted that he go to Texas and oversee the grant. Thus Austin moved to the Texas colony. He reached San Antonio, at the time that Mexico gained its independence from Spain. He was friends with Jose Antonio Navarro who assisted him with the empressario contracts.Mexico did authorize his grant, so Austin began exploring to determine where to place the colony.
He advertised the land grant to the families to settle along the Brazos and Colorado rivers. The grant would provide heads of families a league and labor of land (4,605 acres). The first 300 families arrived and became known as Old Three Hundred. Then he began on other contracts (900 families) 1825-27. In 1834 Austin was arrested as the Mexican government felt he was advocating a revolution. While he was in prison, the revolution began without him.
Austin ran for election as president of the new Republic of Texas. Houston won this election.
Austin passed away Dec 27, 1836 of pneumonia near West Columbia, Texas at the home of George Mckinstry. Austin never married, had no children. He left his land, titles, possessions to his sister, Emily Austin Perry. 
Stephen F Austin has been considered as the "Father of Texas".
It should be noted that Austin's colonies were in present day Brazos, Austin, and Washington counties. Austin County, Texas in present day Texas was named for this man as well as the Texas capitol, Austin, Texas.
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