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farming up to 1886, when he was elected to
tlie office of County Judge, holding that office
by re-election until 1892. During Judge
Terral's term of office a vast amount of public
business was transacted before him, and it
was uniformly well and faithfully done. The
different funds, public and fiduciary, under hlis
control were properly cared for, the county's
wards and charges conscientiously looked
after and the vexes question of roads and
bridges handled economically, and other matters
falling under his jurisdiction promptly
and efficiently acted upon. The most important
of his official acts were those in connection
with the building of the new courthouse.
The movement which resulted in the
erection of this splendid structure took form
and was carried through during his term of
office. As presiding officer of the Commissioner's
Court and as a member of the committee
to select plans and specifications and
supervise the construction he was called upon
to use his official powers and to exercise his
discretion almost daily from the time the agitation
began until the building was completed.
His wisdom and patience were often put to
the test, but he bore himself with dignity
on all occasions, did what seemed to him at
the time to be best, and his conduct has
been generally approved by a large majority
of the thoughtful and public-spirited citizens
of the county. In addition to having served
six years as Judge of the county, Judge Terral
served as a member of the Board of County
Commissioners for eight years-from
1878 to 1886-from precinct No. 2. IIe
is therefore familiar with the county's affairs,
and an authority as regards things
done during the past fifteen years. Industry,
attention to the details of office, a solicitude
for the public interest, politeness to
those having business before him always

marked his public action. The Judge is a
Democrat, and whenever politics have entered
into a race in which lie has been a
candidate he has always acted witll his party.
lie is a member of the Baptist Church and
has a family.
ILLIAM H. ASKEW.-Along in
Wf^// tthe latter part of the '60s, the State
of Texas was receiving a class of I)ermanent
settlers, hundreds of young men
from the other States, with more energy than
money, more manhood than any other COl:modity.
Among these was our subject. He
left Alabama, his adopted State, in 1867, in
company with G. W. Hunt, a neighbor boy,
took up his westward march, overtaking at
Montgomery, Alabama, tlhe Anderson and
Ellison families, with whom they completed
their journey, making their first stop in
Washington county. Our subject worked on
the farm of Mr. Hammond for a portion of
the crop, while there; and when the agreement
was executed, not caring to remain
longer in the county, lie cane to AMilam
county, reaching here in March, 1868, and
that season he worked on shares.
The next year our subject bought a seventyacre
tract and cultivated it two years, but
having a strong desire to see more of the
State, lie sold out the farm and bought a
pony, making a tour of inspection over Comanche,
Coryell, Eastland, Tarrant, Johnson,
Bell and other counties. He then returned
to Alabama, where he remained from August,
1871, to February, 1872, when, in company
with two brothers, the trip to Texas was
again made. The second year here he bought
the old site of the Smith land of R. H. Smith,
and remained until 1880, when he purchased

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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 September 16, 2014.