Texian Navy Day honoring Samuel May Williams on September 18, 2021

  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Galveston, Texas


  • 11 AM - 12PM - Graveside Ceremony
    Trinity Episcopal Church Section
    Located near Corner of 40th Street and Avenue L

    1 PM - 3PM - Galveston Artillery Club Luncheon
    and Historical Program
    3102 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550
    (409) 763-4616

    Main Menu: Buffet (Shrimp Po Boy OR famous Artillery Club Gormet Hamburger) - Cole Slaw - Ice Cream Desert - Iced Tea

2021 Texian Navy Day in Galveston honors Samuel May Williams

Samuel May Williams of Texas



Samuel May Williams arrived in Texas in 1822 and soon became Stephen F. Austin’s trusted assistant in colonial affairs. By 1831 he had acquired title to over forty-eight thousand acres of land in return for his various services to the Mexican government. During Austin’s numerous absences between 1830 and 1835, Williams assumed responsibility for directing his friend’s business pursuits and, in addition, endeavored to steer the colony away from a collision with either of the political factions struggling for control of the Mexican government. 

When Texas committed itself to oppose Santa Anna in 1835, Williams contributed by financing and dispatching ships for the First Texas Navy including recruits, arms, ammunition and supplies from the United States.

Once Texas independence was established, he returned again to the North seeking money for the Republic and later arranged for the construction of  the Second Texas Navy, six vessels delivered in 1839 and 1840. Between September 1835 and June 1839, Williams spent all but eight months away from his wife and children in Texas.

After union with Texas and the United States was accomplished, Williams unsuccessfully sought a seat in Congress. Abandoning politics, he devoted the remainder of his life to developing Texas’s economic potential.  

In 1834 he had joined Thomas F. McKinney in the commission business on the Brazos River, and in 1837 the firm moved to Galveston Island where it became Texas’s leading mercantile establishment. McKinney and Williams were among the founders of the Galveston City Company and, because of the contributions made by the firm during the rebellion against Mexico, Williams received permission from the Texas Congress to issue paper money in 1841 in order to ease the critical shortage of circulating currency. This small banking function grew and in 1848 Williams opened the Commercial and Agricultural Bank in Galveston, using a charter received from Mexico in 1835.

Williams is considered the Father of Texas Banking and the Father of the Texas Navy.

Logo of the Texas Navy Association

The Texas Navy Association Members

and Friends are invited to attend on

Texian Navy Day

September 18, 2021 

The Father of the Texas Navy Ceremony of September,ber 18, 2021

 A Ceremony and Historic Program

honoring Samuel May Williams,

Father of the Texas Navy


DATE:    Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Texian Navy Day)

    TIME:    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by a Luncheon

    PLACE: Public Ceremony at Broadway Cemetery  

(Trinity Episcopal  Church section) Southeast corner between 40th and 43rd streets - Signage and Flags will direct you to the location of the Ceremony

 Map To Ceremony Location

• Reservations are requested for the Ceremony

(see "Register Now" Link below)

     • Texian Navy Day Luncheon to follow at 1 p.m.

at The Galveston Artillery Club at 3102 Avenue O,

Galveston, Texas 77550.

       Cost per person $25,

Luncheon reservations required by

September 9, 2021.

Map to Galveston Artillery Club


.•The Reverend Lillian Hyde - Invocation

•Admiral Gordon Blocker, Filmmaker, Author

and Researcher on the Life of Samuel May Williams


(Confirmation pending)

Mayor of Galveston

President General - Daughters of the Republic of Texas

President General -  Sons of the Republic of Texas

 City and State Officials & Citizens and

State and Local Organization Members


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