WHO HE WAS:
Stephen Fuller Austin, known as the "Father of Texas," was an American empresario. Recognized for his efforts in leading the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by bringing 300 families from the United States to the region in 1825, Austin played a crucial role in the early development and independence of Texas.
WHAT HE SAID:
"The prosperity of Texas has been the object of my labors, the idol of my existence—it has assumed the character of a religion, for the guidance of my thoughts and actions, for fifteen years."
WHY HE MATTERED:
Austin's leadership and vision were instrumental in the settlement and independence of Texas. His effective governance, dedication to his colonists, and diplomatic skills greatly contributed to the Texas Revolution and the eventual annexation of Texas to the United States.