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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ember, 1892, Flotorial Representative for the
district composed of the counties of Burleson,
Washington and Lee. Hle has thus been
in official life, in one capacity or another, for
the last twelve years, and the faithfulness and
efficiency with which he has discharged the
duties assigned to him is shown by the length
of his service, and by the fact that, at each
successive election, or appointment, he has
been given a higher and more responsible position.
He was elected last fall (1892) by a majority
of 1,838 over a combined opposition
of Populists and Republicans, and in a race
where every possible effort was made to defeat
the regular Democratic nominees. His career
in the Legislature was marked by the same
devotion to duty that characterized his previous
official action, and in all essential particulars
gave eminent satisfaction to his
constituents. He served on a number of important
Mr. Murray is an enthusiastic iMason, and
stands high in the order, being a Knight
Templar, Master of his lodge, High Priest
of his chapter, and was, for six years, District
Deputy Grand Master. He is also Past Commander
of Burleson Council, Legion of
He has a family of six children: Ida V.,
Samuel Jackson, William W., Nancy A.,
Eleanor A. and Eurelia V.
^;> EV. W. E. COPELAND, minister and
railroad agent at Rockdale, Texas,
was born at Dumfries, Scotland. He
received a buperb education at a college
at Dumfries, coming to America in 1858.
Inimediately our subject came to Washington,
Texas, by way of Galveston, and conducted
a sawmill until the breaking out of the
Civil war, when lie proved his devotion to
his adopted country by enlisting in thle defense
of his section. In April, 1861, lie
entered Company 11, Fourth Texas Infantry,
and soon took part in the battle of Eltham's
Landing, and then the battle of Seven Pines,
where lie was wounded. For twenty-two
years he carried that wound in his ankle,
until 1884, when an amputation became necessary,
since which time our sulbject lhs
been enjoying good health.
Notwithstanding his wound, our subject
did service in the Quartermaster's Department
and the War Department at Richmond,
as lie was a good penman. His service ended
in 1864, and for a time he nursed his wouni,
then rented a sawmill, sawed up cedar brz.ke,
and about that time was converted and soon
afterward entered the ministry of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, and since 1873
has been filling pulpits. At present he is
serving the church at Rockdale, having served
this people for the past thirteen years. Eleven
years ago lie moved to his present farm. His
work on this place has always been in favor
of education and morality. For eleven years
he has been Sunday-school superintendent,
and through his encouragement and assistance
the public schoolhouse was built, he at
that time serving as Mayor of the ,lace.
Mr. Copeland has been in the employ of
the railroads as agent and operator for some
time, holding his present position for the past
three and one-half years, in which lie gives
entire satisfaction. Our subject has lately
met with serious loss by fire, whereby his
house and fine library were destroyed.
Our subject was married March 4, 1867, to
a lady who was a widow of James Clark,
and they became the parents of four children:
John, who died in 1887, at the age of eighteen
years: James, who is ticket clerk for our
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