The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 274
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eve of leaving with some friends for his residence, "Eagle Island."
His remains were sent to ."Engle Island" to be buried, accom-
panied by Colonel Leonard Groce and Dr. Branch T. Archer. The
latter is also buried at "Eagle Island," where he died September,
William H. Wharton was a member of the convention of 1833;
and was one of the three commissioners appointed by the con-
sultation to the United States. He was a member of the first
senate of the Republic of Texas; and was the first minister to, the
TTnited States. After his return, he was again elected senator,
which position he held until his death in 1839. Wharton County
of Texas is named for him. His brother, John A. Wharton, Sr.,
was distinguished not only as a statesman and a lawyer but as a
soldier. He was adjutant general at the battle of San Jacinto,
and at his grave President D. G. Burnet said of him, in an oration,
"The keenest blade on the field of San Jacinto is broken." He
died a bachelor December 17, 1838, while a member 6f the Texan
To return to the subject of the sketch, General Wharton, while
at college in Columbia, read law under William C. Preston, one
of the most eminent lawyers of South Carolina. It was in Mr.
Preston's home that he met his future wife, Penelope Johnson,
the only daughter of Governor Johnson of that state. After her
mother's death, she made her home with the Prestons. She was
a most beautiful and brilliant girl, and it was not surprising that
the two young people, thrown together every day for years, should
form an attachment for each other. They were married in 1848,
a few days after his graduation; and sailed for Texas, accom-
panied by his mother, who had gone on to attend the wedding.
Two children were born to them, Sarah Ann, who died while
yet a baby, and Kate Ross, who died at Eagle Island August 8,
1872, age eighteen years. With her perished the last descendant
of the branch of Whartons that came to Texas in 1827. After his
return home John Wharton read law in the office of Jack Harris
(his cousin) and E. M. Pease (afterwards governor of Texas).
Upon receiving his license to practice, he connected himself with
Clint Terry. The firm being Wharton and Terry of Brazoria.
He was still a member of this firm in 1861.
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