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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 651
Democrat, and has invariably taken an interest
in all public questions, though never figuring
conspicuously in conventions.
He has paid, perhaps, more attention to
the formulation of laws by which an efficient
system of public schools might be attained in
the State than to any other public question
which affects the politics of Texas, and has
actively participated in almost every discussion
which has affected this interest, and for
many years has been connected with the practical
operations of the educational system of
the State. He is a prominent ineinber of the
Masonic order, having been twice High Priest
of the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons at
Austin. In religious belief he is a Presbyterian,
being a member of the Southern Presbyterian
Church at Austin.
April 4, 1877, he was married to Luella
Robertson, of Salado, Bell county, Texas, a
daughter of the late General E. S. Robertson.
He has five children: Ella Florence,
Sterling Robertson, Z. T., Jr., Frank and Imogene
Fulmore, all of whom are still living.
G. MAY.-As some mighty monarch
of the forest, whose head has bowed
1JI to the blasts of numerous winter
storms, and basked in the refulgent
rays of many summer suns whose refreshing
shade has afforded welcome relief to man,
bird, beast and herb alike, and still lives on,
fulfilling its beneficent mission, thus stands
the subject of this sketch, a patriarch, blessing
all within the influence of his power and
the recipient of universal admiration and
esteem. This old pioneer, whose life has been
passed on the frontier, and who has been instrumental
in developing the resources of this
country, making possible the thousand bene
fits of civilization which the present inhabitannts
enjoy, was horn in Tennessee, Januar-y
20, 1803, and has thus witnessed the varying
and shifting scenes in the history of his
native land for nearly a century, his mind
being enriched by these experiences, and his
soul enobled by participation in the uplifting
and building one of the grandest States in
the Union, and, incidentally, one of the greatest
nations in the world.
He may justly be termed a pioneer of
pioneers, for, having been born on the frontier,
his life has been passed in blazing the path of
civilization for others to follow. When but
four years of age his parents removed from
the grand old State of Tennessee, the birthplace
of so many noble men and women, to
the Territory of Illinois, at that time bearing
but slight resemblance to its present populous
and prosperous condition, where have recently
been gathered the nations of the earth
to witness and celebrate the progress of the
ages. This little family which played a humble
part in paving the way for that State's
present grandeur and power, by planting the
seeds of civilization, made their toilsome way
over bleak prairies and swollen streams to
Gallatin county, settling in the midst of a
lonely and dreary waste, far from home and
friends. Thus passed the first twelve years
of the life of our subject, who, in the refining
influence of a cultured, though humble
home, and in communing with nature,
laid the foundation of that noble spirit which
has been the strength and delight of all who
have come within its presence.
In 1815, this pioneer family, providentially
sent to be the pathfinders of a country great
in future possibilities, removed from their
first settlement in Gallatin county, Illinois,
to White county, the same territory. Here
this young life moved on as before, learning
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