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and until the close of the war was on the
I'obile & Ohio Railroad. After the surrender
he returned to Texas, and, having read
law, was admitted to the bar at Brenham, in
1866, and began practice at Millican, which
he pursued-at that place and at Bryan until
1872, when he moved to Cameron, Milam
county. During his residence at Bryan he
was County Judge of Brazos county, under
Throckmorton's administration, and in 1876
lie was elected County Judge of Milam county.
In 1874 he moved from Cameron to Rockdale,
where he continued in the practice of
law, and three years later became interested
in the banking business. The institution,
with which lie was connected, was the Rockdale
Bank, the pioneer institution of the kind
in Milam county. It was started in January,
1874, by Isaac Jalonick, representing Stowe
& Wilmerding, of Galveston, and was run
about a year, when it failed, and was then
bought by Wayland & Wheatley; two years
later these men sold it to Judge Perry, who
kept it in active operation until January, 1892,
when it went into voluntary liquidation.
In 1882 Judge Perry was elected to the
State Senate for the senatorial district composed
of the counties of Milamn, Brazes and
Robertson, and served in that capacity during
the eighteenth and nineteenth sessions of the
Legislature.
In the twenty years that Judge Perry has
resided in Milarn county he has accumulated
considerable means, most of which are invested
in lands in the county and in town
lots and enterprises of one kind and another
in Rockdale. Whatever tends to further the
interest and welfare of the community in
which be lives, receives his cordial approbation
and prompt assistance. He is president
of the Rockdale Cotton Oil Mills, (ind is one
(if the chief promoters of the Rockdale Im

provement Company, owners and operators
of the water works and electric-light plant of
that place. I-e is the present Mayor of
Rockdale, and is credited with making a dignified
and efficient officer, thoroughly alive to
the interests of the town, and prompt in the
execution of its laws. Under his administration
the town has prospered as never before,
and it was mainly through his managemnent
that the city acquired its very efficient
system of water works and electric lights.
He has always been a Democrat and comes
of a long line of Democratic ancestors. His
father was an associate, in early life. of Richard
M. Johnson, one of Kentucky's great
lights of Democracy, under whom he was
trained to a strict observance of the principles
and practices of the party.
In May, 1869, Judge Perry married Miss
Annie Hubert, a daughter of Ben Hubert, of
Bryan, and a native of Polk county, this
State. To this union five children have been
born, all of whom are living. These, in the
order of their ages, are: Annie Belle, Preston
H., Milton Carroll, Jimmie F. and Earl.
Mrs. Perry comes of one of the early settled
families of Texas, her father having moved
to this State about 1836, and she is herself a
good type of one of this great State's best
products, an intelligent and refined lady, an
affectionate wife and mother. Both she and
her husband are members of the Baptist
Church, and are liberal in their charities as
well as zealous in the interests of their
church.
J R. WOODALL, Baileyville, is one of
the substantial and progressive young
farmers of the Brazos bottom in Milamn
county. His father, Jefferson P. Woodall,
was born in Jones county, Georgia, in 1830.

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed October 25, 2014.