Henry Jacob Labatt – The Texas Years
Values Codes I-H-E-L-P
Henry Labatt was born in New Orleans in 1832.
He was educated at Yale and at the University of Louisiana.
Henry Labatt moved to Galveston, Texas from San Francisco in the 1860’s.
The 1872 Galveston City Directory listed Labatt & Noble, Attorneys. They moved a number of times to different locations.
In the 1893-4 Directory the listing was Labatt & Labbat; Henry and his son Joseph.
I883 was the year of the first meeting of the Texas Bar Association, (Membership was optional.)
Henry Labatt was a member from 1883-86 and 1889-94.
Henry Labatt was elected to the Galveston Board of Aldermen in 1869 and held the office until about 1877.
Henry Labatt was the Galveston City Treasurer in 1869.
He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1881-1883.
A town was named after Henry Labatt by the San Antonio & Arkansas Pass Railroad in Western Wilson County.
The town of Labatt was a railroad stop.
Henry Labatt may have been one of the railroad’s attorneys
Henry Labatt was head of the Zacharias Frankel B’nai B’rith Lodge #242 of Galveston in 1878.
Henry Labatt gave the principle address at the dedication of Galveston’s Congregation B’nai Israel in 1870 – acting as both a member of the Congregation and as a Mason.
Henry Labatt’s wife was Eleanor.
Henry, Eleanor, their children Nellie and Joseph, and Josephs wife and four children all perished in the Great Galveston Storm of 1900.
41 Jews lost their life in that great hurricane. an estimated 6,500 others lost their lives.
For more information read the following article in Western States Jewish History
- Labatt, Henry J.; Henry J. Labatt (1832-1900): Pioneer Lawyer of California and Texas; San Francisco; Kramer, William M.; 28/3
Labatt, Henry J.; Labatt on the Commercial Position of the Jews in California; 1856; San Francisco; Labatt, Henry J.; 29/3
Labatt, Henry J.; Pioneer Lawyer of California and Texas; San Francisco; Kramer, William M.; 15/1
Labatt, Henry J., Pioneer Jews of San Francisco, Part One, A-L, Norton Stern, 41/1