Michel Branamour Menard
Michel Branamour Menard (1805-1856) was one of the founders of Galveston, Texas.
Menard was born in Montreal and worked for John Jacob Astor in the fur trade for a time. He was involved in fur trading with the Shawnee first out of Detroit, and later in Missouri. He later shifted into the mule and horse trade. He moved to Texas in 1829 and began his involvement in land speculation there. He was closely involved in business affairs with Juan Seguin. Menard was later a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Later he served in the Congress of Texas representing Galvezton.