Andrew Jackson Titus, legislator and planter, the son of Nancy (Edmondson) and James Titus, was born in Madison County, Mississippi Territory, in what is now Alabama, on March 12, 1814. He moved with his family to Tennessee in 1824. Titus married Jane Park Brown in Shelby County, Tennessee, on July 27, 1836. He first traveled to Texas with his father on a government mission in 1832 and in 1839 returned with his family and settled near Clarksville, Red River County. He was active in developing the area in which he lived and is said to have laid out a road to connect with water transportation at Jefferson. He was a royal arch Mason and a Knight Templar and organized the A. J. Titus Lodge. Titus moved his family to Savannah, Texas, in the early 1840s, and he served as the community's first postmaster in 1846. He served in the Mexican War and later represented his district in the Fourth Legislature, 1851–52. Titus is said to have worked for the annexation of Texas to the United States; he spent much time in Austin and Washington. He died on April 9, 1855, and was buried in the Savannah Cemetery. Titus County was named in his honor in 1846.
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Zachary T. Fulmore, History and Geography of Texas As Told in County Names (Austin: Steck, 1915; facsimile, 1935). Traylor Russell, History of Titus County (2 vols., Waco: Morrison, 1965, 1966; rpt., n.p.: Walsworth, 1975).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Wesley N. Laing,
“Titus, Andrew Jackson,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
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