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ing reputation until his professional abilities
and phre character caused himn to be called
into service in a high judicial capacity, and
the features which he was instrumental in
imparting to the jurisprudence of the State,
both as a lawyer and judge, were important
and varied. He devoted all of his physical
and mental vigor to his profession, and consequently
his knowledge of law was profound
and comprehensive. He was endowed with
a high order of talent, and his intellectual
powers were trained and whetted in a severe
school of discipline and application. His
capacity for intellectual labor -,'as limited
only by his physical endurance, and lihe
possessed the highest of all intellectual traits,
and that to which Sir Isaac Newton attributed
the excellence of his mental qualities,
the power of concentrating his thought, the
faculty of close attention and patient thinking.
His mind was vigorous and active; its
researches rich and varied and constantly at
his command. His perceptions were singularly
prompt and acute, and his ripened
judgment readily separated the practical
from that which was speculative, while his
sound reason and accurate association verified
his knowledge. He was a man of exceedingly
amiable character and free from any
overwrought superficial sternness of judicial
ethics. His manners were refined by a complacency
and polish, which indicated a heart
full of kindness and generous impulses. His
literary attainments were likewise of a high
order. The versatility of his genius enabled
him to cultivate a polished style of literary
composition, rarely found in one whose
thoughts were clothed in the starched and
staid habit of legal diction. He had a fine
classical taste and copious command of )anguage,
and his style was chaste, unique and
spirited. In all the relations of life he main

tained the same high standard of excellence,
and his death was mourned as a genuine public
loss.
He had but three children, two sons and a
daughter. His eldest son, John C. Walker,
is a practicing lawyer 6f Galveston, while his
second son, Amos Clark Walker, is a leading
physician of Rockdale, Milam county, a
sketch of whom appears in this volume. The
daughter, Jennie May, was married to Captain
J. P. Alvey, of the mercantile house of
Finley & Co., New Orleans, and died in 1880,
at Austin, this State.
'AMES H. TAYLOR, a son of McClem
Taylor, whose history appears in the
sketch of W. M. Taylor herein, was
born in Martin county, North Carolina,
October 22, 1830. His education, though
very limited, was received in three States,
because of successive moves of his father during
our subject's school age. He came to
Texas in 1856, two years in advance of the
other members of the family. Being reared
on the farm he of course knew but little of
other callings, and engaged in it in this State,
and was so employed until the opening of the
late war.
In 1862 Mr. Taylor joined Company F,
Eighth Texas Infantry, under Colonel Young,
and participated in all the feasts, famines,
forced marches and hard-fought battles incident
to a two-years' campaign, Mansfield,
Pleasant Hill and Jenkins' Ferry being
among the engagements. The command disbanded
at Hempstead, in May, 1865, and
Mr. Taylor again sought Milam county and
the farm. In 1866 he bought a small tract
of land containing 150 acres on the south
side of Pond creek, now owed by Mr. Car

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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 April 17, 2014.