Kerr, for whom Kerrville, Kerr County, and Major James
Kerr Chapter were all named, served as a Lieutenant in
the War of 1812 and as a Major in the Texas Revolution.
Though a Kentuckian by birth, he was serving in the
Missouri Legislature when he became interested in the
colonization of Texas and was made manager of the DeWitt
Colony in 1825.
the first white man to settle on the lower Guadalupe
River. His friend, Joshua D. Brown, of the upper
Guadalupe, prevailed upon the Sixth Texas Legislature in
1856 to name Kerr County for Major Kerr. This was in
recognition of the Major's valorous service to the
Republic of Texas and his guiding influence in the
growing young State.
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