Francois P. Giraud

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Francois P. Giraud
136th Mayor of San Antonio
In office
Preceded byS. G. Newton
Succeeded byJames H. French
Personal details
Born(1818-06-01)June 1, 1818
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedMay 8, 1877(1877-05-08) (aged 58)
San Antonio, Texas
Resting placeSan Fernando Cemetery #1
29°24′55″N 98°30′40″W / 29.4152333°N 98.5111286°W / 29.4152333; -98.5111286 (Francois P. Giraud grave)
Spouse(s)María Apolinaria Treviño
Known for1872–1875 Mayor
San Antonio, Texas

Francois P. Giraud (June 1, 1818 in Charleston – May 8, 1877 in San Antonio) was an American politician. He was mayor of the Bexar County city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. He was also known in San Antonio as Francis P. Giraud. He was born to French immigrants Francois and Adele Giraud in Charleston, South Carolina. The family moved to San Antonio c1847. He attended Maryland's Mount St. Mary's University and furthered his education in Paris, France.[1] He was married to María Apolinaria Treviño.


Giraud was the architect of Ursuline Academy, St. Mary's University and the reconstruction of the Cathedral of San Fernando.[2] He was the first surveyor for the city of San Antonio and defined the boundaries for San Pedro Springs Park in 1851, as well as defined the boundaries for the San Antonio Missions.[1][3] A 19th century city surveyor book was found in 2011 that contained an 1849 plat map of the city drawn by Giraud.[4]

He was a San Antonio city alderman 1857 – 1858. He became mayor of San Antonio in 1872, succeeding the outgoing Mayor Wilhelm Thielepape, and served in that capacity until 1875.[5]

Death and legacy[edit]

Giraud died in San Antonio on May 8, 1877, and is buried at San Fernando Cemetery #1.[6] San Antonio artist and civic activist Emily Edwards authored the book F. Giraud and San Antonio.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Clark Jr., John W. "Francois P. Giraud". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Gaines, Ann Graham. "San Fernando Cathedral". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Stover R.L.A., Scott E. "San Pedro Springs Park, Texas" (PDF). Design. U. S. Department of the Interior (Winter 1996): 6, 7. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "San Antonio Preservation Newslink" (PDF). City of San Antonio. March 2011. p. 7. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  5. ^ Flores, Roger O. (February 6, 2007). "Public hearing will consider naming of City's Development and Business Services Center". City of San Antonio. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  6. ^ F.P. Giraud at Find a Grave
  7. ^ Edwards, Emily (1985). F. Giraud and San Antonio. Southwest Craft Center. OCLC 13515039.