Walter C. White, early settler, merchant, and public official, came to Texas with the Long expedition in 1821. He left James Long's forces and with a single companion planted a corn crop on the Trinity River in what is now Chambers County. He became a trader and operated a boat on the Gulf, but Indians seized the boat at the mouth of the Colorado River in the summer of 1824. White was enrolled in Stephen F. Austin's colony and paired with James Knight as one of the Old Three Hundred families. The partners received title to a league of land in the area of present Fort Bend County on July 15, 1824. The census of 1826 listed White as a single man, aged between twenty-five and forty. He managed a company store at San Felipe, where William B. Travis was his attorney; Knight operated the company trading post at Fort Bend. A schooner belonging to the company plied the river between the settlements. In 1830 the ayuntamiento placed White on a committee to welcome the priest, probably Father Michael Muldoon, to San Felipe; White also served on a committee to report on validity of title in Austin's first colony. He was first regidor in March 1831. White received five votes as a delegate to the Convention of 1836. His company subscribed $10,000 in bonds for maintenance of the government of the republic. White was defeated by William H. Wharton as delegate from Brazoria to the First Congress. In May 1837 White was one of the promoters of the town of Richmond. He died at Brazoria on November 11, 1837.
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Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6–7 (January, April, July 1903). Telegraph and Texas Register, November 18, 1837. Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).
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