George Washington Hockley

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George Washington Hockley (1802– June 6, 1851) was a Texas revolutionary who served as Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas.

Hockley was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hockley, serving in the Texas Army as a colonel, was in charge of the artillery at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto.

He was the Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas during the first and second administrations of the new President Sam Houston. He served briefly in 1838 and again from 1841 to 1842. In 1843 Hockley was one of the ministers selected to negotiate a treaty with Mexico.

He died on June 6, 1854 in Corpus Christi, and is buried in the Old Bayview Cemetery there.

Hockley County, Texas was named in his honor.[1]

He founded the town of Hockley, Texas in 1835.


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 158.