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38 TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO.
of the Thirteenth District, in which office' he gave universal satisfaction.
After the close of the war he removed from Fairfield
to Waco, where he now resides. The judge had one drawback as a
lawyer-deafness-which has grown in intensity with increasing
age, and finally forced his retirement from the bar. He is largely
interested in Texas lands, and since his retirement from the bar
has devoted his leisure time to the perfecting of useful inventions.
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JUDGE R. S. GOULD settled in Leon county at Centreville in 1850
and opened a law office at that place. He was the first district
attorney of the Thirteenth Judicial District. He is a native of
Alabama and a graduate of the State University at Tuscaloosa.
He was a member of the convention that took Texas out of the
Union. On the breaking out of the Civil War he raised a company
in Leon county for the Confederate service and was elected captain.
The company was ordered, soon after being raised. to Porter
Springs, in Houston county, where a reorganization took place and
a battalion was formed, of which he became major. Additional
companies were subsequently added to the battalion, and before
the close of the war he was promoted to colonel. He served during
the entire war in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He was at the
battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Jenkins Ferry, at which
last place he was wounded. After the close of the war, in 1866,
he was elected judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District, served
for a short time, and was removed by the Federal military authorities
as an obstacle to reconstruction. He was afterwards appointed
by Governor Coke as one of the judges of the Supreme Court to
fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Judge Gray. At
the next election after his appointment he was elected by the people
for a full term. He and Governor Roberts were the first law
professors in the State University, which position he holds at this
writing. He is a man who exemplifies in his life and conduct, as
far as finite humanity can, all of the Christian virtues. For some
years after the war the judge continued to reside in Leon county.
From there he removed to Galveston, and from the latter place to
Austin, where he now resides.
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