Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 390 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
and died at the advanced age of eighty-five
years. He was born in North Carolina,
February 29, 1800, and died February 14,
1885. He was a member of the Baptist
Church and of the Masonic fraternity, and
was held in the highest respect by all who
knew him, his word being his bond and his
name a synonym for honest and square
dealing. His wife was born in 1813 and is
still living, an honored resident of the old
homestead in I-ays county, a devoted Christian
and a member of the Baptist Church.
She is the mother of sixteen children, ten of
whom are living. One son, Benjamin F., is
an eminent divine in the Baptist Church,
stationed at Gonzales, Texas. Another son,
Dr. W. C. Dixon, is a prominent physician
of this State. Daring the late war he served
with distinction as a surgeon in Lee's army.
Sam HI. Dixon received his education at
Baylor University, graduating with the class
of 1878, Dr. William Cary Crane, one of the
most eminent educators of the South, being
president of the University at that time.
The four years following his graduation he
was engaged in teaching, and while thus employed
won the respect and esteem of both
the pupils and patrons. After that he was
engaged on the Galveston News. Next he
secured a position as clerk in one of the
departments at Austin, and was subsequently
elected journal clerk of the Twentieth Legislature.
He was then appointed by Hon.
L. L. Foster, commissioner of agriculture,
insurance, statistics and history, as Chief
Clerk of the Agricultural Department,
which position he held two years. At that
time he was elected by the Board of Directors
of the Farmers' State Alliance as editor
of their State organ, The Southern Mercury,
and continued in the editorial chair until
January, 1891, when he was elected Chief
Clerk of the House of Representatives of the
Twenty-second Legislature, without opposition.
The caucus of the Democrat State
Convention which niet in San Antonio, in
August, 1890, selected him as their secretary,
to which the convention elected him
without opposition. Soon after the adjournment
of the Twenty-seconid Legislature,
Governor Hogg tendered him the position of
Inspector of State Penitentiaries, to fill the
vacancy made by the resignation of W. C.
Holland, and the duties of this important
office he is faithfully performing.
Mr. Dixon is prominently identified with
the Farmers' Alliance. In June, 1891, in
connection with a number of prominent
farmers, he established what is known as The
Farmers' World, in opposition to that branch
of the Alliance in this State which advocates
the sub-treasury scheme. In 1890 he was
elected by the Farmers' State Alliance as a
delegate to the National Convention of that
body at Ocala, Florida, he being one of the
four delegates sent from Texas. This was
one of the most noted conventions of farmers
that ever convened in the United States.
As a writer Mr. Dixon has gained considerable
note, the work of his facile pen
being both interesting and instructive. He
is the author of "Ten Nights with Big Foot
Wallace, the Texas Ranger," a story of Texas
border life, published in 1876; and "Agnes
Dale, or, a Virginian in Texas," a story
based on American and Texas history. His
best known work, however, is "The Poets
and Poetry of Texas," which contains biographical
and critical sketches of the poetical
writers of this State and selections from
their works. This was published in 1885.
He has in manuscript a novel entitled ,'Dixonia;
or, Life on the Farm," his father
being the hero of the story. At present he
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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/m1/390/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.