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‘Father of Texas Navy’ honored

Historical Texan Samuel May Williams is the subject of Texas Numismatic Association’s 2009 convention medal.

The medal was designed by TNA medals officer Frank Galindo of San Antonio. The reverse bears the official seal of the association, and the obverse features an image of Williams and a naval vessel.

Williams was a businessman who was appointed to serve as a commissioner for the Texas government by Sam Houston. After entering into a business partnership with Thomas F. McKinney in 1833, the pair contributed money and advice vital to the continuance of Texas government.

In 1836 during the Texas revolution against Mexico, Williams was responsible for securing money for some of the ships in the first Texas Navy.

When he was appointed naval agent for the Texas Republic, he used his wealth, influence and connections to negotiate a contract to build several new ships for the second Texas Navy in 1838. These were the clipper-rigged vessels, the swiftest ships of the time.

For his tremendous efforts, Williams is known as the “Father of the Texas Navy.”

Single bronze medals are available for $5 including postage. Sets consisting of one bronze and one silver medal are $35 plus $4 per set for postage and handling. Optional insurance is available for $2 per medal set.

Make check or money order payable to TNA. Send order and payment to Galindo at P.O. Box 12217, San Antonio, TX 78212-0217.

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