Most Texas historians agree that the city of Dallas was named by founder John Neely Bryan for George Mifflin Dallas, who served as vice president under James Polk. However, they also agree that there is no way to know for certain if this is true, as Bryan left few personal writings following his death in 1877 in the Texas State Lunatic Asylum.Know More
According to the city of Dallas website, Bryan, an attorney, land speculator and farmer, told an early pioneer that he named the town for his "friend Dallas." The pioneer said he believed this friend to be Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. Other possible namesakes for the town include Commodore Alexander James Dallas, brother to George Mifflin Dallas and a naval commander stationed in the Gulf of Mexico, Walter R. Dallas or brother James L. Dallas, whose family owned land near Bryan's, and Joseph Dallas, who lived near Bryan's childhood home in Arkansas.
The Corsicana Daily Sun reports that there is no evidence that Bryan ever met George Mifflin Dallas. There is, however, evidence that Bryan referred to the city as "Dallas" at least two years prior to George Mifflin Dallas being elected to the position of vice president.Learn more about The South
Louisiana is named for King Louis XIV. Rene-Robert Cavelier gave the territory its name in the mid-17th century. In French, the name was La Louisianne. The territory named by Rene-Robert Cavelier, however, is now divided among 15 different states formed from the Louisiana Purchase made by Thomas Jefferson in 1803.Full Answer >
Georgia was named for King George II of England, who had specified in the colony's charter that it should be named for him. Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe in 1732, the last of the 13 colonies to be formed.Full Answer >
Louisiana is referred to as "The Pelican State" because of the large numbers of brown pelicans that live along its coastline. The brown pelican, the official state bird, is present on the state's flag and its great seal. It's also one of the three symbols on the U.S. Mint's state quarter.Full Answer >
Mexican passports are issued by the Mexican consulate at 1210 River Bend Drive in Dallas, Texas. Paperwork proving Mexican citizenship is required to receive a passport from the consulate.Full Answer >