A descendant of one of San Antonio’s early families, Juan Nepomuceno Seguín grew up in a violent Texas. During the 1820s, he matured in a household that welcomed Stephen F. Austin. Like many Tejanos, Seguín saw Anglo-Americans as a boon to the development of his homeland. After the rebellion in October 1835, he volunteered for service in the Texas army. Seguín served in key events of the War of Independence, for example, the Battle of San Jacinto. As a prominent Tejano military figure and political figure, Seguín made enemies among arriving Anglo-Americans. Land-grabbers and political enemies while serving as mayor of San Antonio ultimately forced him to seek safety in Mexico. After arriving, he was impressed into military service.
After returning to Texas in 1848, he became involved in San Antonio politics. Seguín was a founding member of the Bexar County Democratic Party. He served as an election precinct chairman and as Wilson County judge during Reconstruction before retiring in 1870. Seguín died in Nuevo Laredo in 1890. Jesús F. de la Teja has written the most extensive biographical study done on this Tejano. Certainly, Seguín deserves a place among the more familiar names of the patriots of the Texas Revolution. This reprint edition of the out-of-print classic contains a new introduction.
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