[421 S. Magnolia - Alexander White Gregg House]

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Photograph of the front and south side of the "Alexander White Gregg House," a two-story house located at 421 S. Magnolia in Palestine, Texas. It has a partially-enclosed front porch and a two-story bay window in the right side of the building. The house has been modified and expanded multiple times, and it was the primary residence of Congressman Alexander White Gregg and his wife during the late 1800s and early 20th century.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Hardy, Daniel December 1989.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2006 and was provided by Palestine Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 177 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Photograph of the front and south side of the "Alexander White Gregg House," a two-story house located at 421 S. Magnolia in Palestine, Texas. It has a partially-enclosed front porch and a two-story bay window in the right side of the building. The house has been modified and expanded multiple times, and it was the primary residence of Congressman Alexander White Gregg and his wife during the late 1800s and early 20th century.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Camera looking: Northwest
Photograph: 19 of 22

Notes

Newton Barnes built a one-story cottage on this property in 1874 and George W. and Adelina Angle enlarged the home in 1883. The second floor was added in 1892 by Congressman Alexander White Gregg and his wife, Mary and it was the primary residence of the Greggs during the height of his political career.

Honored National Statesman from Palestine, Congressman A.W. Gregg (1855-1919) was a member of a distinguished southern family. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, practiced law in Palestine for a time, and was in the State Senate, 1886-1888. He served as the U.S. Congressman from the Seventh Congressional District from 1903-1919, and was instrumental in securing Galveston from further hurricane devastation by sponsoring legislation to build the Galveston Seawall in 1908.

Congressman Gregg was married twice; first to Mary Bridges and secondly to Mary Brooks; and fathered four children. He died in 1919 and his funeral was held in this home. Mrs. Gregg remained living in this house until 1924, when she sold it to John H. Silliman who turned it into apartments.

Nancy Foy Archer purchased the house in 2001 and she stadilized the building, painted the exterior and installed a new roof. She sold the house in 2003 and the new owners continue the restoration of the home.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

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  • December 1989

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  • Feb. 2, 2006, 10:31 a.m.

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  • Sept. 30, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

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  • 31.758842, -95.632417

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Hardy, Daniel. [421 S. Magnolia - Alexander White Gregg House], photograph, December 1989; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth9407/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.