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As an adolescent, Horton was attracted to horses and cards. A social,
religious, and personal conversion that overwhelmed him at twenty-five
did not diminish his sporting spirit but, rather, turned it to more gen-
erally approved speculations. His spiritual concerns expressed them-
selves through action, for he gave generously to establish and support
religious worship and education in Texas and provided well for those
entrusted to his care. In the main, however, his personality remains
Albert C. Horton was born in Hancock County, Georgia, on Sep-
tember 4, 1798, to William and Mary Thomas Horton. Any footsteps
the Horton family may have left behind in Georgia were swept away
with the destruction of Georgia's public census records in 1812. R. C.
Burleson, an acquaintance who first met Horton in 1848, is our major
source for Horton's earliest years. The father, we are told, achieved at
least a modest prosperity before he died, leaving his son and widow
a "small but ample farm." No mention was ever made at any time in
Horton's life of any brothers or sisters, a fact that implies that he was an
only child. The management of the family's farm may have devolved to
young Horton, a responsibility he perhaps relieved by his excursions
into those frontier vices, gambling and racing. Mary Horton, a pious
but indulgent mother, permitted her son's activities as the price for his
company. This curious relationship between the widow and her son,
who was both a source of support and of torment, continued as the two
moved from Georgia to La Grange, Franklin County, Alabama, most
likely in 1823.-
gray hair " Galveston Daily News, Apr 12, 1879 There is unfortunately no other known por-
trait to reconcile the Inconsistency between descriptions of his hair DeShields, They Sat an High
Places, 174 n. Horton also had a damaged eyelid from a childhood accident, which left him with
a "permanent half wink and an eye that 'was always weeping a little,' according to his friend
R. E B. Baylor." A final physical fact may have had much to do with his social and political
success: Horton stood six feet seven inches tall. Thomas E. Turner, "A C Horton: A Towering
Influence on Baylor History," Baylor, IV (Sept., 1983), 17
'J M. Carroll, A History of Texas Baptzsts ... (Dallas, 1923), 499-501
'Alvaretta Kenan Register (trans.), Index to the z83o Census of Georgia (Baltimore, 1974), In-
troduction Burleson's account is in Carroll, A History of Texas Baptsts, 500 (quotation), 501-503.
Supplemental biographical information can be found in Memorial and Genealogical Record of
Southwest Texas (1894; reprint ed., Easley, S C , 1978), 480; 'Turner, "A Towering Influence," 18;
and Annie Lee Williams, A History of Wharton County, 1846-1961 (Austin, 1964), 311. Two dif-
ferent William Hortons, both of Hancock County, participated in the Georgia land lottery of
1805 A married male or a male with a child received two draws, each William Horton, how-
ever, came up empty-handed on his two draws. Virginia S. Wood and Ralph V. Wood (trans),
1805 Georgza Land Lottery (Cambridge, Mass., 1964), 168. Horton's age when his father died, as
well as the extent of his responsibilities for his mother's welfare, is not clear in the existing
sources. See, in addition to other sources in this note, Wharton journal, July 1, 1954. The short
biography of Horton in the Davenport Papers is the source for his arrival date in La Grange.
J. Harbert Davenport Papers, vol. VII (Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, University of
Texas, Austin; cited hereafter as BTHC)
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