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rb^0 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
our subject; William, deceased; and Mattie,
tlw wife of R. O. Thomas, of Montague county,
Texas. The mother died in 1883, and the
father seven years later. In 1882 John L.
married Alice, the daughter of Perry Wimberly,
of Milam county. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are as follows: James
Louis, Loyd, Rodney F. and Rex. The family
belongs to the Baptist Church, holding a
membership in the Clarkson Church.
J UDGE JOHN B. RECTOR, United
States Judge of the Northern District
of Texas, was born in Jackson county.
Alabama, November 24, 1837. His parents
were L. L. and Agnes (Black) Rector, the
former a native of Tennessee, the latter Georgia.
The father was a merchant in Bellefonte,
Jackson county, Alabama. He came to
Texas in 1847, settling in Bastrop county,
where le engaged as a planter. His advent
it} Texas was after this State was admitted
into the Union and he ever proved himself a
good, true citizen. He lived and died in the
faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, dying in July, 1888, aged nearly ninety
years, having been born in 1799. His wife
died in 1852, aged forty. She was also a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
and proved herself a devoted wife and mother
through all the privations that they were
forced to endure as pioneers of this great
State. There were five children in this family
that lived to maturity, two having died in
John was the second child. He was educated
at Yale College, Connecticut, and graduated
in the class of 1859, being one of 105
graduates. He returned to Texasand/tudied
law with Judge Royal T. Wheeler, Chief
Justice of the State of Texas, and was adinitted
to the bar in the latter part of 1860.
He opened an office in Austin and practiced
there a year, when he enlisted in Company
D, Terry's Rangers as a private, in August.
He served through the entire war, serving
under Albert Sidney Johnston, Bragg and
then Joseph E. Johnston. He was in a number
of the heavy engagements of that department
and was in the cavalry. One time he
was taken prisoner, but escaped only to be
obliged to surrender in North Carolina, under
Joseph E. Johnson when that General
surrendered his army.
After the war was over he returned to
Bastrop, opened a law office and became a
member of the law firm, of McGinnis & Rector,
which lasted but a short time as lie was
elected District Attorney and served in that
capacity until the latter part of 1867, when
he returned to the practice of law, at the
same place, continuing there until the latter
part of February, 1871, when lie was appointed
by Governor E. J. Davis, and confirmed
by the Texas Senate, Judge of the
Thirty-first Judicial District of Texas, comprising
the counties of Robertson, Leon, and
Freestone, and served in that capacity for
more than five years, when, in 1876, he returned
to the practice of law in Austin. He
remained in that city practicing his profession
until lie received his present appointment,
March 24, 1872. This was a presidential
appointment confirmed by the
United States Senate. He is the successor
of Judge A. P. McCormick, who
was appointed United States Circuit
Judge. In 1884 Judge Rector ran on' the
Republican ticket for Congress in the
Tenth Congressional District of Texas
against Major Sayers, the Democratic nominee,
who was successful and succeeded Judge
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