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Brief History of Columbus
County, Texas). According to his brief obituary in the 1929 Register of
the Departmentof State (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office,
1929), Johnson became consul at Coaticook on November 10, 1899,
at Santos on September 20, 1901, at Swansea on March 30, 1907, at
Matamoros on January 12, 1910, and at Regina on March 20, 1917.
Regina, of course, is the capital city of the Canadian province of
Saskatchewan. The same item reports that he retired on March 7, 1923
and died on March 17, 1928.
Wells Thompson was Lieutenant Governor of Texas during the administration of Gov.
O. M. Roberts.
Wells Thompson, a resident of Colorado County from 1867 until 1895
(see The Colorado Citizen, October 27, 1898), was never lieutenant-
governor of Texas. He was serving as a member of the senate of the
Fifteenth Texas Legislature when Richard Coke resigned as governor to
become a United States senator and the sitting lieutenant-governor,
Richard Bennett Hubbard, became governor on December 1, 1876. The
same day, Thompson was elected president pro tempore of the senate,
giving him, essentially, the powers of the lieutenant-governor but not the
office. Oran Milo Roberts succeeded Hubbard as governor. Thompson
was neither a member of the legislature nor the lieutenant-governor
during Roberts' years as governor.
At the same time George McCormick was attorney general.
George McCormick's single term as attorney general of the State of
Texas, from November 5, 1878 through November 2, 1880, was only
the highlight of a long and distinguished career in law. He was born in
Virginia on October 12, 1841. He enlisted in the Confederate army on
May 14, 1862 (see Muster Roll of Captain J. Duff Brown's D Company
in the Waul Legion, June 30, 1862). On July 15, 1864, he was wounded
in the leg and captured by the Union army in action near Tupelo,
Mississippi. While he was a prisoner, a doctor amputated his wounded
leg (see Bill Stein, editor, "The Experiences of George McCormick in
Waul's Texas Legion," Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, volume 1,
number 2, December 1989, pages 58-64). He returned to Colorado
County, where, on June 25, 1866, he was elected county clerk (see
Bond and Mortgage Book F, pages 52-53, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas). He was removed from that office on April 22,
1869 (see Special Order 95, RG 401, File 860-23, Texas State Archives,
Austin). McCormick and his law partners, Robert Levi Foard and Wells
Thompson, bought the Columbus newspaper, The Colorado Citizen, in
1871. From the edition of October 5, 1871 through that of April 4,
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