The City of Houston is Born

Shortly after Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, two brothers from New York, Augustus C and John K. Allen, purchased land located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. It was here that the city of Houston was established.

Texas Congress Incorporates the City of Houston

Approved by President Sam Houston on June 5, 1837, the new Texas Congress passed an act to incorporate the city of Houston. That same year, G. W. Holland was elected as the first constable of Houston.

A New Police Force

During the years leading up to the Civil War, there was little patrolling of the town. After the war, Marshal Isaac C. Lord proposed to the City Council a set of hiring requirements and rules to govern the conduct of the police force.