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and principles of the Republican party. He was a to the Constitution, are examples of honest devovery
conspicuous participant in the loyalists con- tion to duty, worthy of all praise. In reviewing
vention of the South, and a strong advocate of the past, lie will find little to regret, but a great
negro suffrage. I-Ie was the first Judge to recog- deal to solace and encourage.
nize mixed juries of the wlhite and colored races.
After the Reconstruction Act was disposed of byL vi
Congress, Judge Sabin returned to Houston, and
was appointed by General Charles Griffin, Judge of .
the Third Judicial District of Texas, comprisin- USSELL, STILLAWELL HEADY, lawyer
Brazos, Burleson, Milam, Washington, Harris anid politician, and at this (ldate (1880), UTnited
Galveston counties. He held this office until the e> States Marshal for the Western District
fall of 188S, wlhen lie welnt to Waslhingitoin City, of Texas, is a native Texan, having been
where he tarried until the spring of 1870, in the bornii in Brazoria county, February, 14th, 1846.. His
mean time using his influence with powerful effect ancestors were of English tdescent. His father,
in favor of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Consti- William Jarvis Russell, who is yet living in the
tution of the United States, which was declared city of Austin, was among the early pioneer setadopted
on the 30th of March, 1870. He then re- tlers of Texas, locating in Brazoria county, in 1826.
turned to Ihis home in Houstoii, and remained At this time Texas was undergoing a process of
there till 1871, when le removed to Galveston, colonization, and its territory formed a portion of
where lie still resides. During tlle winter of 1871- the Mexican domain. Iturbide had resigned his
72 he was Judge of the District Court, including authority, and republicanism was in the ascenGalveston
and Brazoria counties. In the spring of dency. Settlements were being made, some by
1872, he was appointed City Attorney of Galveston. authority derived from the ruling power through
In 1873 he was elected to represent the counties emnpressario's, but more frequently individuals and
of Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda, in the State familes exercising the rights of squatter sovereigns,
Legislature. In the summer of that year he re- came and located at such places as to them seemed
sumned the practice of his profession, which he fol- desirable, and engaged in whatever avocation best
lowed about one year, when, in 1874, he relin- suited them, whether farming, fishing, hunting, or
quished his law practice to accept the office of fighting the Indians. Thus was the father of CapPostmaster
of the city of Galveston, which had tain Russell familiar with all the scenes and incibeen
tendered to him by President Grant. He has dents of pioneer life, and one of the fore-runners of
ever since, devoted all his time land attention, ex- the graiind and glorious, but as yet undeveloped
clusively to the discharge of the duties of that office, destiny of the great State of Texas. He was an
to which he was also re-appointed by President excellent, enterprising, and useful citizen as is
Haves. The life of this eminent lawyer and dis- attested by the part he took in matters of public
tinguished public servant, has truly been an active concern. Although a farmer by occupation, he
one, and his arduous labors have shown that he was so far concerned in the general welfare as to
possesses more than ordinary powers of mental accept and occupy with great credit, for several
and physical endurance. As an attorney and coun- terms, a seat in the Congress of the Republic, and
sellor he was always faithful to the cause of his beside fought gallantly in all the wars of the
clients, giving to their cases the strictest attention, Republic antecedent to its annexation as a memand
preseniting tlhem before the courts in their ber of the Federal Uiiion.. It is the lives of these
best lights. As a jum'ist' he was wise, merciful, men-their deeds of heroism and noble self-denial
just and impartial in his dicisions. As a public -that thle historian in all ages, and especially since
officer, let the many responsible positions which the invention of letters, delights to commnemorate;
the people conferred upon him testify as to his for to thle indomitable energy and perseverence
ability, integrity and fidelity in the discharge of of these hardy pioneers, belong the credit of pavtheir
respective duties. As a politician, he has ing the road to State and National greatness. Their
been self-sacrificing, influential, conscientious and names enjoy a kind' of immortality, and live amid
successful. He gave his time and talents freely in the descendants of future generations. The mother
support of whatever measures he sincerely believed of Captain Russel was Ellena Heady, a native of
to be right, and to the best interest of his country. Spencer county, Kentucky. He was brought up in
His labors in favor of the Reconstruction Act, and Texas, and was early in life thrown upon his own
of the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth Amendments resources. I-is education was liberal and. obtained
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