Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 344 of 1,110
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HISTOR Y OF DALZLS COUNTY.
tive style, and was always received with bounteous
hospitality by the settlers. During
his administration the State was passing
through a transition period, and many cases
of grave and serious importance arose. His
clear conception of the law, coupled with a
prompt decision and unflinching adherence
to his convictions, enabled him to master the
situation under all circumstances, and won
for him a wide and lasting reputation. During
his official career he became the personal
friend of General Thomas, and made the
acquaintance of many other persons of distinction.
In 1862 Judge Burford was made Colonel
of the Nineteentl Texas Cavalry in the Confederate
service, and held the position until
1864, when he was obliged to resign on account
of ill health. He resumed his legal
practice, and was soon elected a member of
the Eleventh Assembly of Texas, and was
chosen Speaker of the House. He was in
1876 again elected District Judge, an office
which he resigned at the end of two years,
on account of ill health. Since that time he
has been living a retired life.
Judge Burford was united in marriage, in
1854, to Miss Mary Knight, a native of Tennessee.
Eight children were born to them,
four of whom survived the mother, who died
in 1888. She was a faithful wife, a fond and
careful mother, and a woman of great nobleness
of character. The children are named as
follows: Mattie, the wife of William Freeman;
Robert Lee, Jeff. M., and Mary. The
children have all enjoyed superior educational
advantages, and have made the. most of their
opportunities. Their father has been a student
all his life, and is one of the most cultured
gentlemen in Dallas county. He is a
member of the Episcopal Church, and for
many years has served as Vestryman. Both
in public and private life he has lived above
reproach, and Dallas county is proud to claim
Nathaniel M. Burford as one of her representative
IUDOLPH GUNNER is a progressive
business man of Dallas, Texas, of which
city he has been a permanent resident
since June, 1885, and successfully conducts a
book-store, which brings him in a fair income
He was born in Zicin, Austria, December 15,
1833, the eldest of nineteen children. His
father was a wealthy business man and was
twice elected mayor of the city in which
he resided and was a member of the
Austrian Lendtag. Rudolph Gunner was
educated in the naval academy at Venice,
and in 1851 entered the Austrian
navy as naval cadet on board the frigate
Venus. During the Crimean war he was
in Constantinople, and in 1855 was in Egypt
with the present King of Belgium, who was
then Crown Price and in very feeble health.
In 1857 he started on a two years' cruise on
the frigate Caroline on the west coast of
Africa, and in 1858-'59 was with the Archduke
Maximilian in the Orient. After the
battle of Solferino and the loss of Italy to
Austria, Maximilian took up his residence in
Miramae and Mr. Gunner also resided there
as his Aid-de-camp, accompanying him in
1863 to England, Belgium and Paris, France,
where the acceptance of the Mexican Empire
was stipulated. When Maximilian accepted
the crown of Mexico, April 10, 1864, Mr.
Gunner accompanied him from Miramae on
board the Austrian frigate Novarra, being
nominated chief of the division of artillery.
At Mexico he was created director of the
Grand Chambilanat and Colonel in the
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/344/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.