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Future missionary ordained

September 21st, 1826

On this day in 1826, Richard Salmon was ordained an Episcopal priest in New York, after two years as a deacon. He suffered from tuberculosis and, unsuccessful at ministry in the East, determined to take a colony of church members to Texas. But he also failed at the rare calling of clergyman-empresario, for his colony, already drastically reduced, disintegrated immediately upon arrival in Velasco in October 1836. Nevertheless, Salmon became the first Episcopal priest to minister canonically and regularly in Texas. He was one of two chaplains of the Texas Senate in the First Congress of the republic, and he officiated at Stephen F. Austin's funeral. After a long illness and a short stint as principal of the Houston city school, he returned to New York in 1840. In July 1849 he died of cholera on a steamboat near Baton Rouge while on his way back to Texas.

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