Sigler, Henry (ca. 1815–unknown)

By: Paul M. Lucko

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 1995

Henry Sigler, barber and inventor in antebellum Texas, was born around 1815 in Virginia. He was a free black resident of Galveston before the Civil War. Sigler advertised a "few tunes of good violin music" with every haircut. He obtained a patent on an improved and safer fish hook in 1854. He sold the patent for $625 to two men from New Orleans in 1858.

Alwyn Barr, Black Texans: A History of Negroes in Texas, 1528–1971 (Austin: Jenkins, 1973). Andrew Forest Muir, "The Free Negro in Galveston County, Texas," Negro History Bulletin 22 (December 1958).
  • Peoples
  • African Americans
  • Activism and Social Reform
  • Civil Rights, Segregation, and Slavery
Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas

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Paul M. Lucko, “Sigler, Henry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 13, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995

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