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Town built around sugar industry on land granted to Samuel M.
Williams in 1828. Williams' brother, Nathaniel, purchased the land in 1838 and with a third brother, Matthew, operated Oakland Plantation growing cotton, corn and sugarcane. In 1853, Benjamin Terry and William J. Kyle purchased the plantation. Terry is known for organizing Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War and for naming the town. Upon the deaths of Terry and Kyle, Col. E.H.
Cunningham bought the 12,500-acre plantation soon after the Civil War and developed town around sugar-refining plant. In early 1900s, refinery was sold and named Imperial Sugar. Sugarcane is now imported. Primarily a company town until incorporated in 1959; today, the city has a diversified economic base. Growth parallels the huge growth of Houston and Harris County.
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