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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
father being a native--of the Emerald Isle.
Matthew moved to Mississippi from North
Carolina, and died there many years ago.
William Toole's wife was before marriage a
Miss Berry. James M. Toole was twice
married. His first wife was a Miss Wallace.
Their two children were George A. and Elizabeth.
The latter is now the widow of Stewart
N. Fain, and lives in East Tennessee.
The subject of our sketch is the oldest of the
four children by his second wife, the others
being Matthew M., Albert J., and Annette.
Robert P. Toole moved with his parents
to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was ten
years old, Knox being an' adjoining county
to Blount, and was educated at the University
of Tennessee, located at Knoxville. He
read law in the office of W. P. Washburn,
Esq., and was admitted to the bar in 1876.
In that year, when only twenty-one years of
age, he was made a sub-elector for Knox and
adjoining counties, and became prominent in
politics through his canvass for Tilden. In
1880, he was elected City Attorney of Knoxville,
but in the fall of that year resigned his
position and came to Texas. Settling at Dallas,
he assumed an editorial position on the
old Dallas daily Herald, of which Colonel
John F. Elliott was the editor-in-chief, and
one of the proprietors. In 1884, upon the
adoption of Olin Welborn, member of Congress
from the Dallas district, as chairman
of the House Committee on Indian Affairs,
he selected Mr. Toole as the Secretary of the
Committee, and. Private Secretary of the Chairman.
This appointment called him to Washington,
where he remained for three winters.
He afterward was connected with various
newspapers in the capacity of editorial
writer, special reporter, and legislative correspondent,
among them the Memphis Ava-'
lan l and the Houston Post.
In consequence of impaired health, Mr.
Toole gave up his newspaper work in 1890,
and, returning to Dallas, took charge of the
Dallas Land Title Abstract Company's business,
the management of which he has at the
present time. In 1890, he purchased a home
in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas. where he
now resides. In April of this year (1892) he
was elected one of the Aldermen of this magic
little city, leading the entire ticket by a flattering
margin. In response to a call signed
by over 400 of the leading and representative
citizens of Dallas, in May of this year,
Mr. Toole announced himself as a candidate
to represent Dallas county in the Twentythird
Legislature of Texas, and was nominated
by acclamation for the position by the
Democratic County Convention of Dallas
county, on the 19th of July. His ability to
fill this honored position, and his great popularity
with all classes of people, render him
a strong man for the race.
Mr. Toole is a man of family. He was
married in 1883, to Miss Clemmie Parker,
who was born and reared in Dallas. Their
only child is Cora McCoy Toole.
BRAM McC(Y HORNE, deceased, one
of the earliest settlers of Dallas county,
had the distinction of being the first
white person born in Lexington, Missouri, the
date of his birth being July 31, 1819. He was
a son of the Rev. William Home, a native of
East Tennessee, and a minister of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, who removed
to Missouri in 1817 and was among the pioneer
settlers there; he died while on a journey
to Californiain 1857. He married Elizabeth
McCoy, a native of east Tennessee and a
member of one of the oldest families of that
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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/m1/413/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.