Haswell, George Tyler (1838–1893)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: August 4, 2008

Updated: August 18, 2014

George Tyler Haswell, businessman and state representative, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1838, the son of George D. and Eliza (Tyler) Haswell. The Haswell family immigrated to Texas in 1855, settling in Fayette County. Here Haswell assisted his father in a cotton shipping business. On September 11, 1860, George T. Haswell married Susan (King) Ellis in Fayette County. This couple had at least one child, a son. By 1865 Haswell had relocated to Millican, Brazos County, where he continued his activity in the cotton business. In the late 1860s he assumed a prominent role in the public affairs of the county. He was a leader in the campaign to relocate the county seat to Bryan and bring a railroad to this community. In December 1867 he helped establish St. Andrew's Parish, the first Episcopal Church in Bryan. In 1870 he won election on the Republican ticket as representative for Brazos County to the Twelfth Texas Legislature. Following this turn at public service, Haswell resumed his business pursuits which compelled him to relocate to Robertson County where he lived in Calvert in 1872 and Bremond in 1873. Haswell engaged as a railroad agent in the late 1870s before retiring. In retirement Haswell lived in Austin and Galveston.

George Tyler Haswell died on January 16, 1893, while visiting Dallas and was buried in Bryan at Bryan City Cemetery.

Glenna Fourman Brundidge, Brazos County History: Rich Past—Bright Future (Bryan, Texas: Family History Foundation, 1986). IGI Individual Record: "George T. Haswell" (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=ancestorsearchresults.asp), accessed June 20, 2007. W. Broadus Smith, Brazos County, Texas Cemetery Records (Houston: W. Broadus Smith, 1967). Clarence R. Wharton, ed., Texas Under Many Flags (5 vols., Chicago: American Historical Society, 1930).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Haswell, George Tyler,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 18, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/haswell-george-tyler.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 4, 2008
August 18, 2014