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Robert McAlpin Williamson

Texas Rangers Badge - Alan's Old West History Made Easy Trivia powered by ABEBorn: 1804? Or 1806?
Died: December 22, 1859 (age 55?)

He was a Republic of Texas Supreme Court Justice, state lawmaker and Texas Ranger. Williamson County, Texas is named for him.

What do you know about Texas Ranger Williamson? Take this Old West History Made Easy Trivia quiz.

1. Where was Williamson born?

  • Clarke County, North Carolina
  • Clarke County, Illinois
  • Clarke County, Georgia

2. At the age of fifteen, he contracted tubercular arthritis that caused his right leg to permanently stiffen at a 90 degree angle. In order to walk, a wooden leg had to be fastened to his knee. What became his nickname?

  • "Three-Legged-Willie"
  • "Three-Legged-Gimpy"
  • "Bobby-Three-Leg"

3. He passed the bar at the approximate age of nineteen before practicing one year of law in Georgia.

  • True or False?

4. When did Williamson come to Stephen F. Austin's colony (San Felipe de Austin)?

  • June 1827
  • June 1828
  • June 1829

5. What was the name of the newspaper he co-founded?

  • The Cotton Picker
  • The Cotton Plant
  • The Cotton Plantation

6. He later went on to edit other newspapers. What is NOT one of the newspapers?

  • The Texas Gazette
  • The Mexican Citizen
  • The San Felipe Telegram

7. He became the first prosecuting attorney for San Felipe.

  • True or False?

8. He was made the first Major of all the Rangers on November 28, in the Texas Rangers. What year was he made the Texas Ranger Major?

  • 1833
  • 1835
  • 1837

9. He participate in the Texas revolution fighting in William H. Smith's 2nd REG. "J" cavalry. What was a battle he did NOT fight in?

  • The Battle of Gonzales
  • The Battle of San Jacinto
  • The Battle of the Alamo

10. In 1851, what office did he unsuccessfully ran for?

  • Lieutenant Governor of Texas
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mayor of Dallas, Texas

Where is Robert McAlpin Williamson buried?


Robert McAlpin Williamson

  1. Clarke County, Georgia
  2. "Three-Legged-Willie"
  3. True
  4. June 1827
  5. The Cotton Plant
  6. The San Felipe Telegram
  7. True
  8. 1835
  9. The Battle of the Alamo
  10. Lieutenant Governor of Texas

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