Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas

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Chief Justice, to take effect October 1st, and was
,elected Governor November 5th, 1878, receiving
157,992 votes, against 55,088 votes cast for W. H.
1Hatmrnan, Greenback nominee, -and 23,529 votes
,cast for A. B- Norton, Republican nominee.
~IL^ AMILTON, ANDREW J., Provisional Gov~/~~
ffiernor of Texas in 1865, by appointment
of President Johhson was a native of
Alabama. He located in Texas in 1846.
In 1849 he was Attorny-General He afterward
was a member of the Legislature. In 1859 he was
-elected to Congress, where he was conspicuous as
an opponent of secession. During thle war he was
-absent from Texas. In the summer of 1865-he was
appointed Provisional Governor by Andrew Johnson.
He was a member of the second Reconstruc tion
Convention, and as such was prominent in
getting a liberal Electoral Bill engrafted into the
-Constitution of 1868. Governor Hamilton died in
Austin, in 1875.
EE, BARNARD E. In perpetuation of
whose fame and deeds Bee county, in
- this state, was named, was a native of
Charleston, South Carolina, and son of
'Thomas Bee' This gentleman was a member of
Congress from South Carolina in 1778, and appointed
JUnited States Judge for South Caroiina by President
Waslhington. He held the office till his death
'in 1812. Barnard E. Bee, the son, took an active
.and prominent part for his state. in the nullifica'tion
struggle of 1832. His fortunes were thus impaired
and he turned his steps to the West. A
'month after the battle of San Jacinto, he was on
the Collette with the army of Texas, under Gen'eral
Rusk; was, for a time Secretary of the Treasury
under President Burnet; then Secretary of War
'under Houston, and his name will be found on the
bounty warrants of most of the soldiers of the
'Texas Revolution. He became Secretary of State
.on the succession of General Mirabeau B. Lamar
as President of the Republic. Soon after, in consideration
of his having been one of the personal
escorts of General Santa Anna, when sent by
'President Houston to Washington city, that in the
.august presence of General Jackson, the President
,of the United States, he might renew the promises
.he had voluntarily made to the Texan Government,

when asking for his release from captivity, he
was commissioned as Minister to' Mexico in the
belief that as Santa Anna was again in power and
supreme ruler of Mexico he would acknowledge
the iiidependende of the Republic, and conclude
with it a treaty of amity and commerce. Colonel
Bee left New Orleans a passenger on' a vessel of
war of the United States, but on arriving judged it
prudent to await the subsiding of the not unexpected
commotion produced by his somewhat audacious
mission. He there became the guest of Admiral
Bandin, of the French navy, with hoim he
lihad become acquainted when on his recent visit to
Galveston in his official capacity. From the deck
of the French ship Colonel Bee opened communication
with the shore, and received a cordial invation
from the patriot General Victoria-a man
noted in Mexican history as good and great-to
become his guest in the City of Vera Cruz until
such time as the will of the government at Mexico
could be ascertained. Whereupon the minister
from Texas landed at Vera Cruz, and was treated
with every consideration, although we expect he
did not take much pains to show himself often
on the streets of that city. In due course of courier
express an answer was received from Santa
Anna, in which he stated that as a private gentleman
there was no one whose visit would be more
welcome to him than that of Colonel Bee, and in
that capacity invited him to visit the capital and
'become his guest, but as the envoy of the revolted
province of Texas it would be beneath the dignity
of the nation to receive him, which ended the
mission and Colonel Bee returned to Texas. We
recollect at the time that reports reached Texas
that our envoy had been insulted or stoned by the
populance of Aera Cruz, which proved not true in
in any respect. There were very few who believed
at that time that Santa Anna would remember his
promises when fairly made, and which he repeated
in the presence of General Jackson, but Colonel
Bee, who was himself the soul of honor and truth,
having been a witness both officially and socially
of these pledges, believed that as the time had
come when he could do so, he would remember
them, and that at least an opportunity should be
given him to do so. The result was as' above
stated.
On his return to Texas, Colonel Bee was appointed
charge d'affaires to Washington city, in which
capacity he remained until the close of the administration
of General Lamar, and on his return often
charmed his friends with his description of his
delightful social intercourse with Mr. Webster,

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