Austin, Moses (1761–1821), a United States businessman and colonizer. He was born in Durham, Connecticut. Austin operated lead mines in Virginia and Missouri, but lost his money in a bank failure. In 1821 he was given a grant to settle 300 families in Texas. His son, Stephen F. Austin, carried out the plan after his father's death.
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