The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 83
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The Old Journal of Littleton Fowler.
years. Later he placed his family, consisting of his wife, two chil-
dren, Mary and Littleton, and his stepson, Symmes Porter, on his
farm in Sabine County. For their protection during his many and
prolonged absences, he engaged an illiterate but aspiring and wor-
thy young man, John C. Woolam, promising Mr. Woolam a home
and an education in return. He was the same friend to whose
keeping Mr. Fowler gave his family when he was dying. So worthy
'of the trust confided to him did Mr. Woolam prove, that he became,
in the course of time, a husband to the widow and la father Ito the
orphans of the distinguished preacher, whose memory he never
ceased to revere "e'en down to old rage." Father Woolam was a
Mr. Fowler held responsible positions in his church till his
death. After the death of Dr. Ruter in the spring of 1838, Mr.
Fowler succeeded him as Superintendent of the Texas Mission till
the organization of the Texas Conference in 1840. He was then
made presiding elder of the East Texas district, which embraces
Texas territory between Red ,River and the Gulf 'of Mexico and the
Sabine and Trinity rivers.
For nine years Mr. Fowler represented the Texas work in the
general conferences of the United States. So stirring were his
appeals at those assemblies for co-laborers in Texas, that many
young men responded to the call, and came out in small companies,
to die of Texas malaria while preaching 'the Word of God to the
Mr. Fowler was co-delegate with 'a Mr. Clark, of Austin, to the
General Conference, held in Philadelphia in 1844, memorable for
the division of the Methodist Church into Nonth 'and South. Mr.
Clark took his stand with the Abolition party, while Mr. Fowler
voted with the Southern delegation. His letters to his wife during
that troubled session show great anguish of spirit, for he 'sadly de-
plored the wrathful separation.
He, with his beloved co-worker, Robert Alexander, was the mov-
ing spirit in the founding of Rutersville College, 1838, in memory
of the great and lamented Dr. Ruter. He founded Wesley College,
at San Augustine, 1842, and made his brother, Jack Fowler, pro-
fessor of mathematics and ancient languages in that institution.
Fowler Institute, of Henderson, Rusk County, 1851, was so named
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