José Félix Trespalacios

José Félix Trespalacios (died August 4, 1835) was the first governor of Coahuila y Texas as part of the United Mexican States.

José Félix Trespalacios
1ºGovernor of Coahuila y Tejas
In office
August 1822 – April 1823
Preceded byAntonio María Martínez (last governor of Spanish Texas)
Succeeded byLuciano Garcia
Personal details
DiedAugust 4, 1835
Allende, Chihuahua (Mexico)
ProfessionMilitary and Political

Trespalacios was a member of the militia in Chihuahua but then in 1814 was charged with organizing rebellion and was sentenced to death. His sentence was reduced to ten years in prison, but he escaped and joined the forces of Sebastian Gonzáles. He was captured again in 1816 and was imprisoned at San Juan de Ulloa but managed to escape. At this point Trespalacios fled to New Orleans and joined forces with James Long becoming part of the second Long Expedition after the first part of it was destroyed in Nacogdoches.[1] He then joined forces with Benjamin Rush Milam and invaded the Yucatan. Trespalacios went to Campeche where he was arrested and locked up in prison. However, later he was released by Iturbide.[2] Thus, later became colonel of cavalry by the regency.[2][3] From August 1822 to April 1823 Trespalacios served as governor of Texas. From 1831-1833 he served as a member of the Mexican Senate from Chihuahua. on January 10, 1833 held the office of inspector general and commander of Chihuahua, leaving the army on December 15, 1834. He died on August 4, 1835 in Allende, Chihuahua.[2]


  1. ^ Fehrenbah, T. R., Lone Start: A History of Texas and the Texans. (New York: Collier Books, 1985) p. 129
  2. ^ a b c Handbook of Texas online article on Trespalacios
  3. ^ Jackson, Jack (2005). Indian Agent: Peter Ellis Bean in Mexican Texas. Page 321.