The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 74
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74 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
he filled for four years, traveling over the Southern States in the
interest of this foremost Methodist college for the young men of the
South. It has been said that he did more for that institution of
learning than 'any other man except its president, Robert Payne,
who afterwards became a 'bishop 'of the M. E. Church.
Early in 1837, a call was made in the Alabama Conference for
volunteers to go as missionaries to the Republic of Texas. A tall,
slender, and delicate looking young man of thirty-five years was
the first -one to volunteer, saying: "Here am I; send me." HIe was
Littleton Fowler. Dr. Martin Ruter, an older minister, and a mar-
ried man with a large family, then took his stand by the side of
the first volunteer. They were immediately joined by Robert Alex-
ander, a hearty frontiersman, who said, "I am both strong and
young; let me go."'
Thrall says, in his "Methodism in Texas": "In the early annals
of Methodism in Texas, the name of Littleton Fowler will be for-
Two older brothers, John H., and Wiley P. Fowler, had emi-
grated to the Spanish province, Texas, as early as 1816, and had
joined a party of Tennessee relatives, George and Travis Wright,
on Red River. Wiley P. Fowler soon returned to Kentucky to live
a long and 'honorable life as one among the ablest jurists and judges
of that proud State. John H. remained on Red River to serve his
adopted country in many ways. In 1838, he represented Red River
County as senator in the Texas Congress.
'Bradford C. Fowler, another brother, was a Red River County
volunteer in the Texas Revolution of 1836. He was a young ser-
geant in Fannin's command, but he was separated while on detail
duty from the main command at the time of Fannin's calamitous
surrender, so he escaped the subsequent massacre at Goliad. He
went to California in 1849, to seek gold, but he found a grave in-
Andrew J. Fowler-familiarly known as "Jack Fowler"-fol-
lowed his mnissionary brother to 'Texas, in 1837, to hold many posi-
tions of trust during old Republic days and through her early state-
1These facts have been related in the family circle by the widow of
Littleton Fowler, and by A. J. Fowler, the youngest brother of the
Texas missionary, who once contributed the same to the Texas Chris-
tian (Methodist) Advocate.
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