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eral Griffith, which office he held until his promotion
to the Supreme Bench.
PItENCI-H, JAMES HIENRY, prominent citt4
izen, merchant, and Mayor of San Antonio,
is a native of WAVarrenton, Fauquier county
Virginia, where he was born on the 26th
of March, 1835. His father, James French, was a
native of Prince William county, Virginia; was in
life a wealthy planter, and represented his district
in the Virginia House of Delegates, for a number of
terms. The French family were early pioneers of
Virginia-the paternal ancestor, Stephen French,
at an early'date settled in Virginia, coming from
Norhl Irelanid; served as a patriot soldier in the
Revolution, and participated at the siege of Yorktown.
The mother of James H. French, whose
maiden name was Sarah Butler Henry, was a
daughter of John Henry Esq., a tobacco planter
of Halifax county, Virginia. James H. French was
reared in Virginia. His early education was liberal.
In October, 1851, hlie settled an San Antonio,
Texas. In 1856 he settled in Atascosa county, and
for two termis was Sheriff of that cdunty. In January,
1859, he returned to San Antonio, where he
has continued to reside. Until 1861, he was
enga.ged in mercantile pursuits in San Antonio.' In
that year lie entered the Confederate army, and was
appointed Captain in the Commissary Department.
LHe served during the war in the tranis-Mississippi
Department, being stationed most of the time upon
the line of the Rio Grande. At the close of' the
war he returned to Sani Antonio, and up to Sep:imer-,
1868, was engaged in banking -after
which he was engagcd in miercantile business.
In 1875 lie was elected Mayor of San Antonio, and
was re-elected in 1877, and again in 1879. In politics
Mr. French is a Democrat. He was married
in October, 1856, to Miss Sarah L. Webb, of San
Antonio. Mr. French is a gentleman remarkable
for integrity of character and public spirit.
? HILLIPS, WILLIAM J., United States Mart
i sal, for the Eastern District of Texas,
and prominent citizen of Galveston, is a
native of Virginia, where he was born on
the 7th day of February, 1827. Hils father, Williamr
J. Phillips, Sr., was a Virginia planter. The subject
of this memoir was reared in Matagorda county,
Texas, where he had located in May, 1837. He,
came to Texas with Governor A. C. Horton, who
had adopted him in Alabama on the deatli of his
parents. The first employment of Mr. Phillips was
as a member of the Texas Rangers, in fighting
Indians and bandits on the border. In 1846 he
became a member of the spy company of General
Ben MeCulloch, and participated in the various
operations of General Taylor's army in the Mexican
war. He was conspicuous at Buena Vista,
and McCulloch's spy company has become historical
for its activity and valor, in the various reconnoisances
of Taylors campaign, conveying to him
the first reliable intelligence, of the advance of
* Santa Anna on the American forces. At the close
of the Mexican war he returned to Matogorda, and
entered on mercantile pursuits. He resided there
as an exporting merchant till 1854, when the town
was washed away by a storm' and he located atWharton,
Wharton county, where he continued
mercantile pursuits till Mfay 1864, when he was
forced to go to Mexico on account of his loyalty to
the Union. After the rebellion he returned to
Wharton, and there resided, holding positions of
trust till March, 1876, when hie was appointed by
General Grant, United States Marshal for theEastern
District of Texas. He has since then
resided in Galveston, discharging the duties of his
office. On the election of General Taylor to the
Presidency, Mr. Phillips having personally attracted
his attention and friendship wyhile serving
close to him in the Mexican wiar, was appointed
though at the youthful age of twenty-one, Collector
and Surveyor of the port of Matagorda, and he
held this office under Taylor's, Fillmore's, and'
Pierce's administrations. In 1861 lie was elected
County Judge of Wharton county. He discharged
this trust as a firm and unswerving Union man
while the civil war was at its fury, and in 1864
was compelled on account of his loyalty and
patriotism, and devotion to the United States Government
to go to Mexico to preserve his life, where
he remained till the close of the war. In 1865 he
was appointed by President Johnson, Assessor of
Internal Revenue, for the 2d District of Texas. In
1868 he was a member of the Reconstruction Convention.
In 1876 hie was again elected County
Judge of Wharton county. In religion Mr. Phillips.
is a Baptist, in politics a firm Republican. He,
was miarried in December, 1858, to Miss S. A.Boone,
of Wharton county.
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