Bringhurst, Antoinette Power Houston (1852–1932)

By: John Q. Anderson

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: October 9, 2020


Nettie Bringhurst, poet, was born in Huntsville, Texas, in 1852, one of eight children of Sam and Margaret Lea Houston. She attended Baylor Female College at Independence and Austin Female College. She began writing poetry at an early age; her poems appeared in Scribners and in the New York Evening Post. On February 28, 1877, at the Governor's Mansion in Austin she was married to W. L. Bringhurst, a professor at Texas Military Institute, Austin, and later at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). The couple had five children, four of whom died in childhood. In 1904 she was awarded first prize by the Bohemian, a Fort Worth magazine, for the best poem on the Alamo. She was state historian of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas from 1906 to 1908 and was elected poet laureate for life in 1908. Her best known poems include "The Lone Star Flag of Texas," "A Garnered Memory," "My Father's Picture," and "The Veterans' Reunion." In 1925 she unveiled a statue of her father in Houston. She died on December 5, 1932, as the result of an automobile accident. Funeral services were held at the Alamo. She was buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio.

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Austin Daily Democratic Statesman, March 2, 1877. Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Fifty Years of Achievement: History of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Dallas: Banks, Upshaw, 1942). San Antonio Express, December 5, 7, 1932. Texaco Star, July-August 1933.

Categories:

  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Poets
  • Women

Time Periods:

  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era
  • Texas in the 1920s

Places:

  • Central Texas

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1976
October 9, 2020

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