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George Fisher

Born: 1795

Death: Jun 11, 1873

Birthplace: Hungary

Nationality: United States

George Fisher

Date of Birth : 1795
Date of Death : Jun 11, 1873
Birth Place : Hungary

George Fisher was a customs officer and early leader of the Texas Revolution. Fisher was originally named ?orde Sagic/????? ?????, and also known as ?orde Ribar/????? ?????, which translated into English is George Fisher. He was born to Serbian parents in Szekesfehervar, Hungary in April 1795. Following his father's death ?orde was sent to the Serbian Orthodox Church seminary in Sremski Karlovci, to train as a priest. He left in 1813 to join the Serbian revolutionary forces during the First Serbian Uprising.? He traveled to Philadelphia in the United States in 1814 before heading to Mexico. In 1825, Fisher helped found the first York Rite Masonic Lodge in Mexico. He became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 1829 and contracted to settle five hundred families on lands in Texas formerly held by Haden Edward. Fisher later was in charge of a customs house at the far north end of Galveston Bay, succeeding the very unpopular John Davis Bradburn in this post. Fisher demanded that all ships landing at the mouth of the Brazos River pay their customs duties to him at Anahuac. This was a great hardship to area boat captains due to the great distances between that port and other Texas seaports.

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