American businessmanDied when: 59 years 249 days (716 months)
Star Sign: Libra
Moses Austin (October 4, 1761 – June 10, 1821) was an American businessman and pioneer who played a large part in the development of the lead industry in the early United States.
He was the father of Stephen F.Austin, one of the earliest American settlers of Texas, which was at the time part of Mexico.
After receiving a land grant from the Spanish Crown in 1820, Moses Austin planned to be the first to establish an Anglo-American settlement in Spanish Texas, but he died before his dream was realized.
On his deathbed, he pleaded with his son to fulfill his dream to colonize Texas.Stephen led the colony to a now-sovereign Mexico in 1825, and in time, the settlers demanded autonomy and later won independence from Mexico under President Antonio López de Santa Anna, thereby establishing the Republic of Texas.