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Sugar Land History
The land in and about the City of Sugar Land
was originally owned by the Mexican
government and was granted to Samuel M.
Williams through Stephen F. Austin. There
were several factors which governed Williams
receiving this grant, among them was the
fact that he spoke Spanish, was well
educated, and wrote a fine Spencerian hand.
Williams called this land “Oakland
Plantation” because there were many
different varieties of oaks on the land -
Pin Oak, Post Oak, Water Oak, Red Oak, and
Live Oak. During this period of time, land
grants were measured from one oak to
Sugar became a part of life in the area when
S. M. Swinson, captain of a small freight
boat, made a meandering journey along the
United States coast from New York to
Velasco. Along the journey, commodities were
picked up at various points and dispensed of
as the journey proceeded. One of the stops
was Cuba, and as it happened, it was during
the height of sugar cane season. A small
load of sugar cane stalks was taken on board
and later delivered to Samuel M. Williams.
The next time Swinson came to the area, he
saw sugar cane growing “as high as a man on
a horse” and immediately returned to Cuba to
purchase more stalks. Soon after, a mill was
built to squeeze the juice from the stalks.
Today, the present refinery is located
approximately on the spot where the first
mill was built. After the death of Samuel
Williams, the family attempted to keep the
mill alive; however, this was not possible,
and the mill was sold to Benjamin Franklin
Terry and William Jefferson Kyle. Kyle was
born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1803,
and Terry was born in Kentucky in 1821. In
1849, both Kyle and Terry, who were living
at the time in Brazoria, left Texas along
with 20 or 30 others to go to the gold
fields of California. By the time they
reached California, they had increased in
number and had approximately 60 wagons, two
companies of pack mules and two sets of
engineers. Terry and Kyle prospected gold in
California, making quite a fortune.
In 1853, they returned to Texas and with a
portion of the fortune purchased the
“Oakland Plantation” from the S. M. Williams
family. The land, rich in sugar cane, was
appropriately renamed “Sugar Land.” The mill
was operated using rollers and mule power
and the open-kettle process. Molasses was
drained off in troughs to 1,000 pound
hogsheads for shipment. The railroad from
Stafford to Richmond was built by Kyle and
Terry. Plans were to run the railroad from
Stafford, where the timber met the prairie,
direct to Richmond and would have missed
Sugar Land; however, Kyle and Terry paid $25
per acre for 2,500 acres of land, paying
$7,000 in cash, with the remaining balance
due in a series of notes up to year 1858 at
which time the notes were fully paid. The
big bend, which is currently in the railroad
between Stafford and Sugar Land, is a result
of this land purchase and Kyle and Terry's
desire to have the railroad run through
In 1860, the Kyle and Terry properties were
valued at $250,000. The Sugar Land
plantation passed through other hands in
years to follow and was finally purchased
from the bankrupt Colonel E. H. Cunningham
interests by I. H. Kempner and W. T.
Eldridge in 1907, at which time the sugar
refining process was expanded to what is now
known as Imperial Holly Corp. In 1907, the
town of Sugar Land began growing at a
rapid rate, with operating expenses
amounting to around $50,000 per year.
In the fall of 1959, the heretofore
company-owned town began the process of
incorporation and on Dec. 15, 1959, T. E.
Harman was elected the first Mayor of
Sugar Land to serve with five Aldermen.
The first City Council meeting was held on
Jan. 19, 1960.
The City of Sugar Land was
incorporated in 1959 as a “General Law” city
and remained such from 1959 until Jan. 17,
1981, at which time a special city election
was held for the purpose of establishing a
home rule municipal government. Voters
approved the adoption of a home rule charter
in accordance with the constitution and
statutes of the state of Texas. The type of
municipal government provided by this
charter was known as “mayor-council
government,” and all powers of the city were
invested in a Council composed of a mayor
and five councilmen.
In January 1985 pursuant to charter
requirements, a five-member charter review
commission was appointed and charged with
the responsibility of reviewing the
operation of the city government and
determining whether such Charter provisions
required revision and, if deemed advisable,
to make recommendations to City Council for
amendments to the Charter. As a result of
this review, the commission recommended that
several areas of the Charter be amended.
A special city election was held Aug. 9,
1986, to submit the proposed changes to the
electorate for consideration. By a majority
of the voters, amendments to the Charter
were approved which provided for a change in
the city's form of government from that of
“mayor-council” (strong mayor) to that of a
“council-manager” form of government which
provides that the city manager be the chief
administrative officer of the city.
Approval of this amendment provided for the
mayor to become a voting member of Council,
in addition to performing duties as
presiding officer of the Council. An
amendment on May 5, 1990, changed the
composition of the City Council to a Mayor,
four council members to be elected by
single-member districts and two council
members by at-large position. This
composition remains in effect today with
term limits of eight consecutive years.
Past Sugar Land,
There have been nine mayors in Sugar
Harman (1959-1961 and 1964-1968)
Cordes, Sr. (1972-1981)
- Dean A.
- David G.
- James A.
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Sugar Land is a
city in the U.S. state of Texas, within
Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land
metropolitan area and Fort Bend County. It
is one of the most affluent and
fastest-growing cities in Texas, having
grown more than 158 percent in the last
decade. In the time period of 2000–2007,
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