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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
to use his buggy and mules as his only available means of transportation.
There were broad stretches of uninhabited country lying between each
settlement, yet he visited and made speeches in the county seat of every organized
county in the state. His was perhaps the most remarkable campaign ever made in Texas,
if the toil and hardship which he encountered and endured are considered. In making
this canvass his lines of travel led him through dense forests and over dry and parched
prairies and across unbridged rivers and streams.
Some days he was oppressed with thirst and heat, and sometimes chilled
with rain and cold.
The mere failure, however, to receive the office with its emoluments made
but little difference with Judge Thompson, because in making this race he had been
moved by a sense of duty and patriotism rather than by motives of personal
This political campaign was made in 1871, and while the office was given
to another, his object was in the end accomplished. Through his terrific arraignments
of the "reconstruction regime" in control at Austin he succeeded in rallying and
organizing the democrats, and in the election that followed two years later the Texas foes
of democracy received a Waterloo from which they never recovered. Judge Thompson
was nominated and elected lieutenant governor of the state during the first administra-
tion of Governor O. M. Roberts. He has filled many positions in Texas with honor and
fidelity to himself and his fellow citizens, and now in the evening of his useful and
patriotic life the plaudit due to a good and faithful servant should be pronounced upon
There were other citizens of Columbus who held important positions of
honor and responsibility in the state government. Among them were Hon. George W.
Smith, who occupied a place on the supreme bench with the lamented Richard Coke;
Hon. George McCormick served as attorney general during the administration of
Governor Roberts, and Judge W. S. Delaney was a member of the commission of
appeals. They were all able and honorable men, who were eminently qualified, and made
good in the positions which they severally filled.
Yes, Columbus has contributed her quota of good, able and useful men to
both the state and nation, and still has others that she could contribute were they to seek
honors in the political arena of their country.-S. M. Lesesne in Galveston News.
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