"Father of Brownwood"
Donor of present townsite
of Brownwood, Fisk was noted as a soldier, public servant, surveyor, and
businessman. The son of English parents, he was born in New York.
As a boy he was so studious that he voluntarily gave up recess periods
to read. In 1834 he abandoned his preparation for the Presbyterian
ministry and, with a friend, embarked down the Ohio River on a skiff to
brave the Texas frontier.
Settling at Mina (present
Bastrop), he fought in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. He later
served in various county offices in Bastrop and Williamson Counties and
was a senator in the Republic of Texas. As a government surveyor
in this period, he mapped this region and liked it so well he determined
to settle here. Having received in 1846, for his service in the Texas
Revolution, a large land grant in this vicinity, he moved here in 1860.
Besides teaching, he also served as county judge and in other offices.
When difficulties arose
over the location of the county seat, he donated 60 acres for the town
and 100 acres for county purposes. He then persuaded many citizens
to move here from the old townsite.
At his death in 1888,
Fisk was buried in Greeenleaf cemetery. He married twice and had