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In 1883 Wooten married Ella R. Carter, by whom he had two chil-
dren. The two children died as infants, and their mother followed
them in death in February, 1886. Wooten later remarried and was
survived by his second wife.
As early as 1879, Wooten began to write articles for various publi-
cations, and his contributions were extensive. As a result, in the spring
of 1897, when Robert E. McCleary sold his Texas Magazine to Wil-
liam G. Scarff of Dallas, the magazine was moved to Dallas and
Wooten became its editorial supervisor.' The following year Scarff,
who had begun the actual collecting and preparation of material in
1893, published A Comprehensive History of Texas, z685-z897.
Wooten was editor of this two-volume work and it has continued to
be known under his name.
Wooten, who was a member of the Southern History Association,
used Henderson Yoakum's History of Texas' as the basis of his work
and then obtained the best authorities he could find, including Guy
M. Bryan, Sam Bell Maxey, and Oran M. Roberts, to write on various
aspects of Texas history. He tried to make it "the most satisfying, the
most comprehensive, the most authentic chronicle of the greatest
State in the American Union, that has ever been conceived or exe-
cuted."'8 In 1899 an abridged edition was published to be used as a
Wooten served as a representative in the Twenty-Sixth Texas Legis-
lature, 1899-1900oo. He was elected to the United States House of
Representatives, 57th Congress, in 19goo, but was an unsuccessful can-
didate for re-election in 19o02. He practiced law in Seattle, Washington,
after leaving Congress, and served occasionally as special superior court
judge. In 19 9 g, Wooten was appointed to the Washington State Board
of Higher Curricula. From Seattle he went to Notre Dame University
as professor of torts and criminal law and founder and sponsor of the
Very little is known about William Scarff. He is listed in the Dallas city directories
from around 188o to 190o5 as connected with Scarff & O'Connor, wholesale stationers. From
around 190o5 he is listed in connection with real estate and mortgage loans. The 194o
directory lists a W. G. Scarff as a resident of the Stoneleigh Hotel.
8Robert E. McCleary, "Publisher's Department," Texas Magazine, II (June, 1897), 47o.
'Henderson Yoakum, History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annex-
ation to the United States in 1846 (2 vols.; New York, 1856). The publisher's preface to
Wooten's book acknowledges the debt to Yoakum's History.
""The Story of a Great Texas Enterprise," Texas Magazine, III (November, 1897), vii.
*Dudley G. Wooten, A Complete History of Texas for Schools, Colleges, and General
Use (Dallas, 1899).
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