Juan Seguin
Juan Nepomuceno Seguin was born October 27, 1806 in Bexar (San Antonio), Texas. As a young man he became interested in politics and openly criticized Mexican leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. He was proud to join the Texas Revolution and became the leader of 24 Tejanos who were in favor of a rebellion. These same 24 would perish in the Battle of the Alamo. Seguin however, would escape that fate as it occurred while he was in Gonzalez trying to recruit volunteers to go to the aid of the Alamo defenders. When he returned, the battle was over and all the defenders were dead.

On April 21, 1836, Captain of Cavalry, Juan Seguin and his command were ordered to dismount and make an attack on foot. He must have had revenge in mind as he helped make that attack, but it lasted only eighteen minutes. The long awaited battle had occurred and the often only dreamed of results became reality that day. The Battle of San Jacinto had been won by the little army of the new Texas Republic. Captain Juan Seguin and his command were cited by General Sam Houston and Colonel Burleson for their bravery during the battle. Texas was at last, a free nation!

He returned to the Alamo in the year 1837 to see that all the charred remains of the Alamo defenders were collected and given a proper burial with military honors.

Following the Battle of San Jacinto, more Anglo settlers came to Texas, many with anti-Tejano opinions. Many had heard of the Revolution with Mexico and developed the opinion that all Mexicans were followers of Santa Anna.

In 1839, Seguin was elected to a seat in the Texas Senate. In 1841, he was elected mayor of San Antonio.

Juan Seguin
Many of the new Anglo settlers hated Mexicans so badly that there were cases of mistreatment of Mexicans at their hands. Seguin came to the defense of these Mexicans. He was then accused of aiding the Mexican army and forced to flee San Antonio under threat of his life. He went to Mexico in 1842 to “seek refuge amongst my enemies”. He was promptly arrested and given two options. He could either enlist in the Mexican army in an offensive against Texas or he could languish in a Mexican prison. He enlisted in his enemy’s army! He fought against the United States in the Mexican-American War.

By 1852, he had returned to Texas and was elected to a Justice of the Peace position in Bexar County. He was elected again in 1854. In 1869, he became a County Judge in Wilson County.

In time, he moved to be nearer his son, Santiago, who was the mayor of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It was there that he passed away on August 27, 1890 at the age of 84.

On July 4, 1976, his remains were moved to the town that had been named in his honor, Seguin, Texas.

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