The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 440
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others-were still active leaders in Texas public life. For all that
appeared at that time, Texas was due for a period of rapid growth
and prosperity. Certainly, so far as the Hogg family was concerned,
the prospects seemed bright.
James Stephen Hogg's father, Joseph Lewis Hogg, was a
prosperous lawyer, landowner, and public servant. He had moved
to 'Texas during the days of the Republic and had served as a
member of the Texas Congress, as a delegate to the annexation
convention in 1845, and as a state senator after annexation. He
had seen active service in the army in the Mexican War. When,
shortly after the victorious termination of this war, his third son
was born, it must have seemed to General Hogg that this boy
would surely grow to manhood in an atmosphere of peace and
For a few years this hope seemed to be well founded. With
peace restored, pioneers poured into Texas from the older states
of the Union and from the British Isles and Western Europe.
In the decade between 185o and 186o the population of Texas
substantially tripled. The great natural resources of the state
were beginning to be developed and utilized. Under the able
administration of such wise men as Governor E. M. Pease, the
state's financial situation was strengthened to such an extent that
in 1858 the Texas Legislature was able to appropriate $ioo,ooo
for the establishment of a state university and to provide for a
landed endowment to sustain the expense of building, maintain-
ing, and operating it.
The bright prospects of peace and prosperity were, however,
soon blotted out by the dark clouds of Civil War. General Joseph
Lewis Hogg was a member of the convention which gathered in
Austin in 1861 and voted to withdraw from the Union. It must
have been with a heavy heart that General Hogg made this
decision to vote for the dissolution of the ties that he had
personally helped to create some sixteen years earlier. Whatever
his misgivings and forebodings may have been, he assumed the
full burden of sustaining his action. He immediately volunteered
to serve in the Confederate Army, in which he received a
commission as a brigadier general. Only a little over a year later,
in May, 1862, he was killed in action while leading his troops
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952, periodical, 1952; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/m1/540/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.