Ball, Jr., Thomas H.
Wayside & Clinton Drive, Gate 8
Houston , 77029
Homeland Security prevented photo oportunities at this location after 9/11/2001, 1997 photos used during this period; access to pavilion granted in Oct. 2014
Directions: From 610 East, exit Clinton; travel west approx. one and eight tenths mile to the second traffic signal, enter property via Gate 8, continue on Ramp Road #2 one half mile to Tour Boat parking lot/Plaza; the marker is on the upper level, to the right side of the plaza, above the Deep-Water marker on the lower level
Key Time Period: 1893 - 1919 City Beautiful - WW I
Marker Text: Thomas, H. Ball, Jr., son of the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas H. Ball, was born in Huntsville, Texas, on January 14, 1859. He graduated from Austin College in Huntsville in 1877. He married Minnie F. Thomason in 1882, and they became the parents of four children. Ball studied law in a Huntsville law office and in 1887, one year prior to his admittance to the Texas Bar, he was elected mayor of Huntsville. He served three terms.
In 1896 Ball was elected to the U. S. Congress. During his four congressional terms he played a key role in gaining Federal authorization and funding for the building of the Houston Ship Channel. He returned to Houston in 1903 as the law partner of Frank Andrews. Ball provided many years of free legal counsel and lobbying on behalf of the Harris County Navigation District and earned local acclaim as the "Father of the Port." The town of Tomball, established in north Harris County on the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad which Ball represented, was named for him.
After a narrow defeat in the 1914 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Ball practiced law in Houston and in 1923 was appointed counsel of the Harris County Navigation District. Ball died on May 7, 1944, and is buried in Houston's Forest Park Cemetery.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1995
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 495 N
GPS Coordinates: 29 44.918, 95 17.553
Precinct No: 2
Marker No: 10601