Dr. L.S. Owings
6 September 1820 (Roane Co., TN) - 20 August 1875 (Denison, TX)
Texas War for Independence, 1836
Texas State Legislator, 1855
1st Governor, Provisional Territory of Arizona, 1860
Founder of the Arizona Rangers
1st Mayor of Denison, 1873
Proponent of Free Education
Denison (TX) Press
Denison 61-50-35 Years Ago
August 21, 1875: Died At His Residence on Owning Street, This city, Friday Evening August 20th, After A Lingering Illness, Dr. L. S. Owings, Aged 55 years.
Dr. Owings was born in Roan county, East Tennessee,
September 6th 1820. An elder brother Samuel E. Owings came to Texas before the
Texas war for independence and was one of the first to take up arms to resist
Mexican invasion. L.S. Owings, who was then boy of sixteen, ran away from home
to join his brother and enlisted under the Lone Star flag immediately on his
arrival on Texas soil. His brother, Samuel served under the immortal Crockett
and with him perished in the Alabama massacre. L. S. Owings remained with the
army until the close of the war, being present at the memorable battle of San
Jacinto. He was elected a member of the Legislature from Karnes county in1855
and as recognized as one of the most influential members of that body.
To find his grave, enter the main gate at Oakwood Cemetery, Denison, Texas. Turn left immediately and drive 100 feet. Stop and look to your right.
Brief Biography of Dr. Lewis Sumpter "L.S." Owings