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Lynching Starts Democratic Convention Off On Wrong Foot

That’s what called an understatement.  It’s also the title of the Wednesday, June 18 through Tuesday, June 24 “This Week in Texas History” column.

Houstonians were as pleased as Punch to host the 1928 Democratic National Convention, the first by either major party held in the South since the Civil War.  But on the eve of the grand affair a group of teenagers kidnapped a suspected cop killer and left him hanging from a downtown bridge for all the out-of-town visitors to see.

Houston Co-Founder Dead at 28 From Yellow Fever

John K. Allen, who with his brother Augustus founded the town named for the hero of San Jacinto, succumbed to yellow fever on August 18, 1838 at the age of 28. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the health benefits of living in Houston!

The New Yorkers were such enthusiastic supporters of the Texas Revolution that they bought and equipped a ship to guard the coast against the Mexican navy.  Augustus Allen, the older brother by four years, outlived John by a quarter century and had the good taste to die somewhere other than Houston.