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Knowing that his uncle and the students
would not credit his statement that he had
succeeded, lie asked the President for his
autograph, which, secured, he bowed himself
out, and returned in triumph to his astonished
preceptor and fellow students. This
incident serves to show the prevailing trait
of character of our subject, as he was the
young man in question.
Mr. Fowler is a son of William and Avaline
(Thompson) Fowler. The paternal
family are of Irish descent, and have resided
in this country for generations. The grandfather
of our subject, George Fowler, raised
his family in Spartanburg district, South
Carolina. The father was born there in 1795,
was a farmer by occupation, after marriage
lived in Laurens district until 1853, and in
that year emigrated to Texas, locating on
Walnut creek, six miles east of Austin, in
Travis county. Two years later he located on
the place our subject now occupies, which is
known as the Sam Craft farm, and the original
purchase consisted of 2,400 acres, in
two different tracts, in both Travis and Bastrop
counties. He died there August 3, 1867,
having been a Methodist in faith, and a
John C. Calhoun Democrat.
Mr. Fowler was married in Laurens district,
South Carolina, in 1845, to Avaline
Thompson, a close connection of Patrick
Henry. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler had eight
children, viz.: P. M. B., who enlisted in
Captain W. D. H. Carrington's cavalry coinmpany,
contracted yellow fever while on duty,
and died at Brownsville, Texas, in 1864;
Callie C., wife of W. D. Wallace, of Garfield,
this State; James J., of Weberville; J.
P., a lawyer and farmer of Bastrop, served in
the State Senate several terms; B. R., a
farmer of Clarendon, Texas; Kate, widow of
Edd Rousseau, of Taylor; Michael T., our
subject; and Beatrice, wife of W. IL. Stuart,
of Ellis county, Texas. The parents were
both twice married, and the last union made
each the parents of twenty-one children, and
a combined family of thirty-four. The
mother died August 6, 1880.
Michael T. Fowler, the subject of this
shletch, was born in Laurens district, S(-5uth
Carolina, July 26, 1853, and was brought to
Texas when only a few months old. He received
his education in the common schools,
and in 1874 went to Washington, District
of Columbia, to study law, but returned a.
above stated, After returning Mr. Fowler
purchased thirty acres of his present place,
to which he hlas since added until he now
owns 416 acres, 245 acres of which is under
a fine state of cultivation. The land is lo*cated
on the Colorado river, about fifteen
miles from Austin, and is worth $40 per acre.
In Travis county, August 4, 1875, Mr.
Fowler was united in marriage with Delia, a
daughter of Albert and Jane (Glover) Brown.
The father came to this State from New
York, and served as Justice of the Peace, or
Alcalde, in the days of the Republic. The
parents lived at Weberville until their death.
They raised a family of eleven children. Mr.
and Mrs. Fowler lost their only child at
birth. In his political relations, our subject
is identified with the Democratic party; and
socially, is a Master Mason, and in religion
he belongs to the Baptist Church.
\W ]\ G. McINTYRE, a farmer on the
Travis county line, north of Austin,
was born near the city of Glasgow,
Scotland, March 13, 1839, a son of Robert
and Catherine (Stuart) McIntyre, both members
of the highest class of agriculturists in
in that country. The mother died in 1878,
HISTORY OF TEXAS.
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 March 13, 2014.