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TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO. 45
manner to the members of the bar and the people of the State.
He was a brave soldier, a just and upright judge, an honest man,
and a patriotic, model citizen. The reports of the Court of Criminal
Appeals are monuments to his memory.
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WILLIAM CROFT is another lawyer who settled at Corsicana at a
very early day. He is still living in Corsicana, but retired from
the practice. He devoted his time and energies to his profession
and enjoyed a good practice. He has ever been in that community
a leading citizen, and did his full share in the development and
upbuilding of that rich section of the State. In reference to his
profession, he realized from the start that the law was a jealous
mistress, and that half-hearted devotion would not win distinction
and success. In his old age and retirement he has the full confidence
and esteem of his fellow citizens.
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ALEXANDER BEATON is another member of the Navarro county
bar. He was among the first settlers of Corsicana, and, indeed,
one of its founders, and a man who commanded the universal
respect and confidence of the people of Navarro county.
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COLONEL W. L. MOODY, in the early fifties, was a member of the
Freestone county bar. He came from Virginia and settled at Fairfield.
He was always a most courtly gentleman, modest and timid,
and while well-grounded in the elements of the law, he found that
its practice did not harmonize with his tastes and temperament,
and he soon abandoned it for the more congenial business of the
merchant. On the breaking out of the war he volunteered and
entered the Confederate army, and made a gallant soldier. At the
close of the war he returned to Fairfield to find that his business
and accumulations had, during the war, gone to wreck and ruin.
In a short time he removed to the city of Galveston, and in conneetion
with his father-in-law, Colonel Bradley, opened a commission
business, which, under his management, was a success. He still
resides in Galveston, engaged in the commission and banking business,
and through his good judgment and management has accumulated
a fortune; and he is now one of the solid men of Galveston.
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