The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 262
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262 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
They landed in Boston August 10, 1638, and settled at Hingham,
Massachusetts. His father, Daniel Cushing, was a farmer and
trader. His mother, Nancy Anthony (a native of Providence,
Rhode Island), was of a family that has taken prominent part in
the history of New England. Her rigid Puritan training was
softened by a gentle and forbearing disposition and her life of
unselfish acts and kindness endeared her to all who knew her. Her
character and training were an active influence in the life of her
son which was only stilled by his death.
Working on the farm, studying when opportunity permitted, but
reading good books from his early boyhood, young Cushing was
able to enter Dartmouth College at the age of sixteen, graduating
with the class of 1850, a few days after his twenty-first birthday.
During his college life he evinced a partiality for literature and
ancient languages. He was an interested reader of economics and
history and developed a firm belief in the principles of true de-
mocracy including the right of local self-government.
Having elected education as his life work, he believed that he
would find a field of usefulness, amid congenial surroundings in
the new state of Texas. His education having exhausted his
means, he borrowed the funds necessary for the journey, and sailed
from Boston, landing at Galveston within a few months after his
graduation. After teaching a while at Galveston, he went to
Brazoria County, conducting schools at Brazoria and Columbia.
This locality, having been the seat of government, there had drifted
thither a number of men strong in character and active in the
affairs of state. The young New Englander found the surround-
ings pleasant and the associations congenial. His predilection for
writing found field in the local paper, the Democrat and Plan ter.
This paper had an extensive circulation for those days and wielded
quite an influence. His sound opinions on public questions soon
brought him into prominence and, whilst sometimes vigorously
combatted by the, so-called, liberals, he won his way into the con-
fidence of the best element of the people. Before a great while he
acquired an interest in, and, as one of his early associates re-
marked, "becarae, the paper."
During a visit to Houston, then a village of twenty-five hundred
inhabitants, he was so impressed with the business activities of the
place and its future possibilities, that he resolved to make it his
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922, periodical, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/m1/268/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.