José Antonio de la Garza

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

José Antonio de la Garza was born near San Antonio, Texas back in 1776 to Leonardo and Magdalena. In 1813, he was elected mayor of San Antonio. In 1818, he was granted permission to create the first coin that existed in Texas.

In 1824, he was able to purchase a large extension of land between San Antonio and the Medina River becoming one of the largest land owners in Texas. In the 1840’s he moved his family to a home site near Calaveras Lake. It is believed he died around 1851, however I could not find any documentation to support that finding. So, his true date of death is unknown.

What you may not know about José is that the coin he first minted on one side was his initials “JAG”, on the other side was a lone star. That one star symbol is said to have inspired Texas to be the “Lone Star” State. So, Kathy Streib did you know this one?

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a great piece of historical trivia, James. I'll remember that in case I'm ever asked that question in a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Feb 24, 2020 04:23 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I guess early day Texas landowners had a lot of power/influence - enough so that he was granted permission to mint coins.  I would have assumed it was organized/regulated in some other way.  Hmm...learning more every single day.  

Feb 24, 2020 04:35 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I'll bet Kathy knew that, she is the smart one here.

Feb 24, 2020 04:38 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An interesting bit of history.

I wonder how much one would be worth today!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 24, 2020 04:42 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Don't know if Kathy knew, but I certainly had no clue! Enjoy your day!

Feb 24, 2020 04:52 AM #5
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Very interesting about the "lone star"  sad about his date of death was unknown though.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 24, 2020 05:31 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray good piece of history to remember and my money is on Kathy Streib to know this.....

Feb 24, 2020 05:35 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, being that I know Kathy Streib to be an incredibly intelligent woman, I am guessing that she already knew all about this.

Feb 24, 2020 05:43 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I don't know about Kathy but I didn't have a clue about this one.

Feb 24, 2020 06:23 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I am guessing that as a true Texan  Kathy Streib knows this.

Feb 24, 2020 07:08 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What fun story this Monday morning, and I am smiling.  Now, I am wondering if Kathy Streib knows this fact.  Inquiring minds want to know!  A

Feb 24, 2020 07:21 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - and now I know the rest of the story!  Of course, I have never had anyone ask me how Texas became known as the "Lone Star" state.

Feb 24, 2020 08:45 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I did not know this one, but thank you!!!  You see a lot of Lone Stars in our area!!!!! Thank you for sharing this. 

Feb 24, 2020 11:11 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thanks for the interesting profile of José Antonio de la Garza. I guess you could say he had a license to print money.

Feb 24, 2020 03:03 PM #14
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Okay, how come after 6 years as mayor he was able to purchase a large piece of land?  That mayoral salary but have been pretty good. Perhaps he really did have a license to print money.

Feb 25, 2020 04:00 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It seems a bit ironic that a mexican inspired the name Lone Star State but I like it.

Feb 25, 2020 06:46 AM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It seems like José Antonio de la Garza lived a full life and accomlished much.

Mar 07, 2020 08:35 AM #17
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Amazing facts you find for us, Mr. Dray!!  Do you think the star on the coin inspired the star on the flag?  Thank you!

Mar 24, 2020 01:09 PM #18
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