First Presbyterian Church of Houston

First Presbyterian Church of Houston (HM15QK)

Location: Houston, TX 77004 Harris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 43.615', W 95° 23.339'

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Organized March 31 (Easter Sunday), 1839, in Senate Chamber, Capitol of Republic of Texas, Main at Texas, by the Rev. Wm. Youel Allen, missionary from the United States, and eleven members. James Burke was elected ruling elder. Services of worship and a Sunday School (begun on May 13, 1838) continued in Capitol while church building was being erected on site (NW corner, Main and Capitol) given by the Allen family which had founded Houston.

This church was the first house of worship completed in Houston. Dedicated on Feb. 13, 1842, it was used for meeting of other denominations and groups. Here the House of Representatives met in summer of 1842, and President Sam Houston addressed a joint session of Congress. Thus the congregation repaid the Republic's hospitality of 1838-1839.

Original church burned 1862; a brick structure was built in 1867, and served until the erection of a large stone edifice, Main at McKinney, 1894. Fire destroyed part of that building in 1932. The present church was occupied in 1948 and dedicated Sept. 12, 1954. Through the years, this church body has furnished many outstanding leaders to the businesses and professions of state and nation.
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HM NumberHM15QK
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Marker Number10661
Year Placed1970
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 268925 N 3290915
Decimal Degrees29.72691667, -95.38898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 43.615', W 95° 23.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 43' 36.90" N, 95° 23' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5442-5498 Main St, Houston TX 77004, US
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