Navarro, José Angel [The Younger] (1828–1876)

By: Camilla Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: August 3, 2020

The younger José Ángel Navarro, the third son of Margarita de la Garza and José Antonio Navarro, was born in San Antonio de Béxar in 1828. In 1850 he received a bachelor of laws degree from Harvard University and returned home to practice law with his father. He was elected to represent Bexar County in the House of the Seventh Legislature, from November 2, 1857, to February 16, 1858. On January 2, 1860, he was a member of the Eighth Legislature, when Governor Sam Houston commissioned him and Robert H. Taylor, a state senator, to investigate depredations along the Rio Grande by the Mexican renegade Juan N. Cortina and his band. The investigators were to organize Texas troops according to the advice of the United States Army officers in command. In March, Texas Rangers and Robert E. Lee, at that time commandant of the Texas Military Department, pursued Cortina and his band into the mountains of Mexico. Navarro agreed with President James Buchanan's recommendation to Congress that parts of Sonora and Chihuahua be occupied. Navarro was still a member of the Eighth Legislature when the Secession Convention met on January 8, 1861. He signed the ordinance of secession for the House. The Ninth Legislature found him once more elected to the House of Representatives. The Civil War was under way. Navarro's brothers Sixto Eusebio and George Antonio became officers in the Confederate Army. In February 1863, at a meeting called to elect two senators to the Congress of the Confederates States of America, Navarro nominated Thomas N. Waul, a Southerner who had moved to Texas in 1850 and had been appointed senator by the Secession Convention in 1861. Navarro married Concepción Ramón Callaghan, the widow of Bryan V. Callaghan, Jr., a prominent merchant and one-term mayor of San Antonio. The Navarros had three children, one of whom married Feliciano Flores, the grandson of José Gaspar M. Flores de Abrego. Navarro died in 1876.

John Henry Brown, History of Texas from 1685 to 1892 (2 vols., St. Louis: Daniell, 1893). Joseph M. Dawson, José Antonio Navarro, Co-Creator of Texas (Waco: Baylor University Press, 1964). J. Fred Rippy, "Border Troubles along the Rio Grande, 1848–1860," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 23 (October 1919). José María Rodríguez, Rodríguez's Memoirs of Early Texas (San Antonio, 1913; 2d ed. 1961). Clarence R. Wharton, ed., Texas under Many Flags (5 vols., Chicago: American Historical Society, 1930). Louis J. Wortham, A History of Texas (5 vols., Fort Worth: Wortham-Molyneaux, 1924).

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  • Peoples
  • Mexican Americans
  • Politics and Government
Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas

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

Camilla Campbell, “Navarro, José Angel [The Younger],” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022,

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August 3, 2020

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