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Pleasant Williams Kittrell

April 13, 1805 - September 29, 1867

Doctor Pleasant Williams Kittrell, a statesman in North Carolina and Alabama, moved with his family to Texas in 1850. While serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, the doctor authored the bill to establish the University of Texas. Though the bill was signed in 1858, the university's opening was delayed until 1883. At home in Huntsville, Kittrell managed his extensive land holdings and practiced medicine. He treated area victims of the 1867 yellow fever epidemic until he himself succumbed to the disease. Kittrell is buried near his good friends Sam Houston (in whose former home Kittrell died) and historian Henderson Yoakum.


Pleasant Williams Kittrell
Pleasant Williams Kittrell 1805-1867
Burial Site
Burial Site Pleasant Williams Kittrell is buried in Huntsville's Oakwood Cemetery.
Henderson King Yoakum
Henderson King Yoakum The first historian of Texas, Yoakum was close friends with Pleasant Williams Kittrell.



Texas Historical Marker, “Pleasant Williams Kittrell,” East Texas History, accessed June 21, 2024,