Cousin of Menard County Namesake
MENARD, MEDARD (1814â€“1887). Medard Menard, businessman, politician, and Confederate officer, was born in Kaskaskia, Illinois, on March 8, 1814. Menard spent his youth along the frontier. He moved with his family to St. Genevieve, Missouri, and fought in the Black Hawk War of 1834. In 1837 he migrated to Galveston, Texas, to join his brother, Michel B. Menard, founder of that city and namesake of Menard County. [UPDATE: Medard is not the brother of Michel]Â On November 1, 1838, Medard Menard married Susan Le Clere. This couple had one son and one daughter. In Galveston, Menard established himself as a bookkeeper for various shipping concerns and as a deputy collector for the town port. From 1849 to 1850 Menard represented Galveston in the U. S. House of Representatives.
After the Civil War began, Menard raised a cavalry company which was mustered in the Twenty-sixth Texas Cavalry Regiment in March 1862. As a lieutenant colonel, Menard served with this unit in actions along the Red River and in Louisiana. After the surrender of the Twenty-sixth Texas Cavalry in 1865, Menard returned to Galveston, assuming a post as a cotton weigher until his retirement. Menard died in that city on July 12, 1887.
John Henry Brown, History of Texas from 1685 to 1892 (2 vols., St. Louis: Daniell, 1893). Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1849-1850 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(hj045276))), accessed March 22, 2011.
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