First Presbyterian Church of Houston
5300 Main Street
Houston , 77004
(See Other Side) reference to 11 Founding Members & 18 Pastors listed on the marker Reverse; ref. "Reminiscences, Sketches and Addresses Selected From my Papers During a Ministry of Forty-Five Years in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas" 1874 by J. R. Hutchison
Directions: Marker is at entrance to the Main at Binz Street parking lot, approx. 75 yards south, past the main sanctuary on Main Street
Key Time Period: 1836 - 1845 Republic of Texas
Marker Text: Organized March 31 (Easter Sunday), 1839, in Senate Chamber, Capitol of Republic of Texas, Main at Texas, by the Rev. Wm. Youel Allen, missionary from the United States, and eleven members. James Burke was elected ruling elder. Services of worship and a Sunday School (begun on May 13, 1838) continued in Capitol while church building was being erected on site (NW corner, Main and Capitol) given by the Allen family which had founded Houston.
This church was the first house of worship completed in Houston. Dedicated on Feb. 13, 1842, it was used for meeting of other denominations and groups. Here the House of Representatives met in summer of 1842, and President Sam Houston addressed a joint session of Congress. Thus the congregation repaid the Republic's hospitality of 1838-1839.
Original church burned 1862; a brick structure was built in 1867, and served until the erection of a large stone edifice, Main at McKinney, 1894. Fire destroyed part of that building in 1932. The present church was occupied in 1948 and dedicated Sept. 12, 1954. Through the years, this church body has furnished many outstanding leaders to the businesses and professions of state and nation. (See Other Side) (1970)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 533 W
GPS Coordinates: 29 43.673, 95 23.278
Precinct No: 1
Marker No: 10661