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LYNCH, NICHOLAS (?–1851). Nicholas Lynch, soldier and civic leader, was born in Alabama and moved to Texas in 1828 with a wife and four children. When the Texas revolution started he enlisted as a private in Capt. William M. Logan's company of Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers; he was subsequently appointed adjutant of Lt. Col. Henry Millard's Regular Infantry and saw action with the battalion at the battle of San Jacinto. On June 21, 1836, Lynch was brevetted captain of Company C of Millard's First Regiment of the Army of the Republic of Texas by order of Gen. Thomas J. Rusk. On May 22, 1837, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. After the war Lynch lived in Galveston, where he entered local politics. In the fall of 1838 he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives but was defeated by Moseley Baker in a close and controversial election. Lynch died at Liberty early in 1851. Michael Murphy was appointed administrator of his estate.


Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

Thomas W. Cutrer


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

Thomas W. Cutrer, "LYNCH, NICHOLAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.