The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922

Edward Hopkins Cushing

EDWARD HOPKINS CUSHING
AN APPRECIATION BY HIS SON
E. B. CUSHING1
When the sturdy pioneers who formed the advance line of Anglo-
Saxon civilization had driven the Mexicans beyond the Rio Grande
and established a new limit of Spanish ideals and customs, Texas,
the borderland, became the abiding place of a heterogeneous peo-
ple who came, individually, from social, intellectual, and moral
strata, separated between wide extremes. There were men of edu-
cation and ambition who had left the old states for the broader
opportunities of a new country; there were those whom the lure of
virgin land had drawn from the farms; and there were many who
came hither to make a fortune easily and quickly with no discrimi-
nating restraint as to methods by which the end might be reached.
Whilst this latter class bore a small proportion to the whole popu-
lation, they made up in activity what they lacked in numbers and
were a menace to society, requiring the constant watchfulness of
those who were determined that Texas should stand for a moral
and orderly government. Into these surroundings the subject of
this sketch came, fresh from the rigorous moral, as well as climatic,
atmosphere of New England about a, dozen years after the domina-
tion of Mexico had forever ceased.
Edward Hopkins Cushing was born in Royalton, Vermont, June
11, 1829. A paternal ancestor, Matthew Cushing, a native of
Hardingham, England, was a member of a party of a hundred
thirty-three under the leadership of Robert Peck, M. A., rector of
Hingham, who left England because of religious disagreements.
'June 15, 1921
My dear Mrs. Looscan:
With this I send you the biographical sketch of my father, which you
were kind enough to request me to prepare. I have delayed writing it
because I hoped to have someone do this who could do it better. In the
42 years that have elapsed since his death, all those who knew him well
enough to do justice to his life and character have passed away. The
notes enclosed are crude but will have to serve as best they may. There
were few lives in which so much of lasting good to Texas were encom-
passed in so brief a time.
Sincerely,
E. B. CUsINaO.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/. Accessed April 16, 2014.