Calvit, Alexander (1784–1836)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Alexander Calvit (Calvet), early settler and soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in Mississippi on June 17, 1784. In 1814 and 1816 he was a captain in the Mississippi militia. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, he received title to a league and two labores of land now in Brazoria and Waller counties on August 3, 1824. He was popularly known as Sandy. Calvit lived at Bell's Landing (now East Columbia) at the mouth of the Brazos River, as did his wife's sister, Jane H. W. Long. The census of March 1826 listed Calvit as a farmer and stock raiser with a household including his wife, Barbara, three daughters, and thirteen slaves. Despite an early friendship with Austin during which Barbara Calvit and Jane Long made Austin a buckskin suit, Calvit apparently got into difficulties with the empresario over land fees and Austin's efforts to prevent speculation in land, for in 1833 Calvit wrote José Antonio Mexía that he hoped Austin would continue to be imprisoned in Mexico. At Brazoria on August 9, 1835, Calvit signed resolutions recommending the calling of the Consultation. He contracted pneumonia while in charge of a supply camp for the Texas army and died at his home in Brazoria County on January 7, 1836.

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  • Mexican Texas

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