William W. Arrington, early settler and political leader during the Texas Revolution, arrived in Texas on February 15, 1831, when he settled as a bachelor in Green DeWitt's colony. He was one of the "Immortal Eighteen" citizens of Gonzales who, in the battle of Gonzales, refused Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos's demand that the Anglo colonists surrender their diminutive piece of artillery and defied his soldiers to "Come and Take It!" Arrington was elected to represent Gonzales in the Consultation of 1835 and on November 7 signed the declaration of war against Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Centralist Mexican government. That same day Arrington was appointed one of twelve members of a committee to draw up plans for a provisional government for Texas. In 1839 he was appointed associate land commissioner of Washington County. Soon thereafter he moved to Grimes County, where, on August 7, 1848, he was elected a county commissioner. The census of 1850 listed him as a Grimes County farmer and stockman.