Stephen Fuller Austin

Stephen F. Austin was born in 1793 in what is now known as Austinville, Virginia.  He was the son of Moses Austin. 
On his father's dying wish, he went to Texas to take over his fathers empresario business which is basically just bringing in settlers.  He brought in the most settlers of all the empresarios. The first three hundred families he brought in were called the "Old Three Hundred."
 In 1833, after Mexico took over he had to get a new land grant, so he went to Mexico City. On his way back he was brought back and arrested for trying to incite insurrection  in Texas. He was held for almost a year and then was allowed to return to Texas. He died of pneumonia at noon on December 27, 1836.