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as a motive power to dentistry; was also the
discoverer of the luminious properties of
nitrous oxide gas, the same year, for which
lie received a high compliment from Henry
Norton, one of the most distinguished chemists
of Aimerica. Recently his genious has
been exhibited in the discovery and invention
of a small electric illuminator of the
mouth, by means of the ordinary battery
used in telegraphy. Not the least among
,he achievements of science, is Dr. Stoddard's
painless extraction of teeth, by means of a
hypodermic injection into the gums of fluid
known only to the discoverer. As a traveler
the doctor is untiring and intelligent,
having visited almost every part of the world,
-Europe, Asia, Africa, the islands of the
ocean, as well as his native continent. He
usually spends about one-third of his time
in this pleasant way.
He was married in 1866, his wife dying
in 1869. One child was born to this union
buit did not survive the mother. Dr. Stoddard
became a member of the G. A. R. Post
in 1884, and is now Commander of Joseph
A. Mower Post, No, 10, Department of
Texas. He has been a delegate many times
to the National Grand Lodge, when it met
in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Columbus-,
Ohio. In 1892 the Doctor was made a
member of the National Council of Administration
of the G. A. R., and attended
and took part as an officer in the National
Encampment at Washington, in the same
year. He was in the saddle from nine A.
M., to 6 r. M, as an officer and an aid,
and even then did not see the end of this
grand body of old veterans. This was the
largest national encampment in its history,
and the largest body of men in one grand
review ever known on the continent. They
were over nine hours in passing a given
point, were from thirty to eighty deep,
keeping step to 300 bands of music on
Pennsylvania avenue. Thllis body (,f grand
old veterans have had their annual nmettings
since their organization in 1866, and
as the organization grows in age it increases
in interest. The following is taken from
the Washington Post, September 22, 1892.
"Coloinel C. B. Stoddard, Con mmander of
Josep)ll A. Mower Post, No. 10, Austin,
Texas, and a inember of the National Council
of Administration, G. A. R., is a native of
Ohio, and a near relative of General Sherian.
Ile went to Texas soon after the
surrender, and has always taken an interest
in Grand army circles. He has won many
friends to the Lone Star State, and at the
capital thereof is recognized as one of the
leading and most public-spirited citizens."
Mr. Stoddard is also a Thirty-second Degree
Mason, of the Ancient Scottish rite, and a
member of the K. of P.
county, was born in Lafayette county,
- Missouri, November 18, 1828, a son
of William and Elizabeth (Hopper) Jennings.
The father was born and raised in Fairfield
district, South Carolin', afterward removed to
Georgia, next to Tennessee, afterward to
Missouri, and was there married. The gradfather,
John Jennings, was a lad of fourteen
years at the opening of the Revolutionary
war, and served the entire time in the Continental
army. The Jennings family are of
Irish descent. On thle mother's side the
family moved from Indiana to Missouri.
Dr. M. Jennings, the subject of this sketch,
was raised to farm life, and remained under
the paternal roof until about twenty-one
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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/m1/773/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .