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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
L. G. John, the father of our subject, was
a native of Indiana. le was editor of the
Texas Christian Advocate, now published at
Dallas, for nineteen years. After resigning
that position, he was elected by the General
Conference of the Methodist Church, South,
as Secretary of the Board of Missions, accordingly
Inoved to Nashville, and has held that
position eight years. Mr. John is now sixtyseven
years of age, was well known over
Williamson county as a minister of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, is a man of
marked personality, deeply pious, and an able
expounder of the gospel. His first marriage
ceremony was performed at the Brazos river,
April 18, 1850, to C. A. D. Clamp and Miss
Asenath Davis. The mother of our subject
was born in Texas, in 1833, under the Mexican
Government, she having lived in this
State about one-half a century, and during
that time was under four different governments,
viz.: Mexico, Texas, Confederate and
United States. She died in 1879, aged fortyfour
years, having been a life-long member
of the Methodist Church. Mrs. John was a
lady of unusual spiritual repose, with a rare
gift ot' godly influence over young and old.
She was accomplished, a most pleasant and
agreeable lady, and was a minister's wife in
every sense of the term, having been perfectly
loyal to the best interests of her husband alnd
the people whom they served. Mr. and Mrs.
John were the parents of four children: Alfred
S., deceased; George, maiiling clerk of
the Galveston News, married Miss Rachel
Fink; Annie E., wife of John Stone, a planter
of Austin county, Texas, and they have two
children, Robert J. and Lawrence M.; Robert
A., our subject; Ruth H., at home; Walter
N., a student of the Galveston Medical
College; and Maggie S., at home. Alfred
S. was a member of the law firmly of O'Brien
& John, at Beaumont, Texas, was a promlinent
attorney in that part of the State, and
worked principally for the Texas & New Orleans
Railroad. Ile died while serving as
Mayor of Beaumont, ill 1888. He married
Miss Emma O'Brien, and they had two children-Erma
Robert A. John took the degree of B. A.
in the Southwestern University, in the class
of 1884, also receiving the highest honors of
tle class and the orator's medal. IHe then
taught school at Round Rock college for a
time, studied law with Fisher & Towns, and
was admitted to the bar in January, 1885.
In April, of that year, Mr. John was elected
City Attorney, elected County Attorney in
1888, re-elected in 1890, and again in 1892,
having had no opposition at the last two elections.
His record as County Attorney, as
shown by the reports to the State Comptroller,
makes his averages of successful pl'rosecutio.lns
higher than any county attorney in Texas.
December 28, 1887, our subject was married
to Miss Maoggie S. Morrow, a daughter
of Captain G. C. S. Morrow, of Georgetown,
and a granddaughter of General Sam Ilouston,
the hero of San Jacinto. Mr. and Mrs.
John have four children: Barrett M., Margaret
E., Jelnnie I1. and l(iuth E. Mr. and Mrs.
John are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Our subject is a member of the
Masonic order, chapter and comlmandery,
also of the I. 0. 0. F. and K. of P. He has
passed all the chairs in the latter organization,
alnd is now representative of his lodge
to the Grand Lodge for 1893-'94, and is a
member of the Phi Delta Thleta fraternity.
Politically, he takes an active interest in the
Democratic party, and during the last election
stumped his county for that party. Mr.
John has faithfully discharged his duties as a
citizen and officer during his busy and event
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/747/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .