McConnell, Thomas (1807–1844)

By: Julia L. Vivian

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Thomas McConnell, a merchant and Republic of Texas congressman, was born in Ohio in 1807 and moved to Texas from Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1840. He lived at Victoria until his home was destroyed in the Linnville Raid of 1840, when he became a proprietor and founder of the town of La Vaca (now Port Lavaca). In 1841–42 he represented Victoria County in the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas. He died in 1844.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

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

Julia L. Vivian, “McConnell, Thomas,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995