George Bernard Erath

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George Bernard Erath (January 1, 1813–May 13, 1891) served in both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate.

Born in Vienna, Austria, he was a Texas pioneer and soldier who fought in the Texas Revolution, subsequently supporting the Republic's annexation to the United States.

As a surveyor, he drew up the original street grids for the Texas cities of Waco, Caldwell, and Stephenville. He was a charter member of historic Waco Masonic Lodge #92.

Erath County, Texas, is named for him.[1][2]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 120. 
  2. ^ Cutrer, Thomas W.: George Bernard Erath from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2013-01-21.