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last, an inexorable necessity compelle(d him to he commenced the practice of his profession with
sheath the sword. Commencing as a private in distinguished ability and succeds, and where he
the ranks, he rose by mierit through the different has since resided.
grades of lieutenant, lieutenant colonel and colonel, He was married in January, 1878, to Miss Sallie
to the enviable position of brigadier general in the C. Wilson, a native of Kentucky, and daughter of
0onfederate army. His theatre of action as a sol- Edward H..Wilson, Esq., merchant of New Orleans.
dier was confined to the trans-M1ississippi Depart- In politics lie has always been devotedly attached
ment. He participated in most of the battles in to the Democratic party.
the State of Louisiana, especially those incident to In early youth he was remarkable for his sttuGeneral
Banks' last raid up .Red river, and partic- dious habits and coutteous demeanor.. He was-the
ularly at the ill-fated fight at Yellow Bayou did he pride of his parents, and one in whom their fondbear
a prominent and conspicuous part. est expectations rested. He possessed a mind
At the close of the war lie belonged to General intent on seekiing the development of all its faculMaxey's
(now United State Senator) Division, and ties. Quick in perception, strong in reason, brilliant
after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court in his social'qualities, pure in his desires, and full
house, and the consequent dispersion of the Texas of promise, he has pressed on" from -his youth to
troops, he rendered invaluable service to Texas as the full Vigor of his manhood, with deterinination
a commissioner to negotiate with the Federal an- to accomniplish hlis purposesi and the distinguished
thorities at Galveston, 1by which, in all probability, position which 'he holds in the legal profession tpthe
Federal troops were prevented from overrunning day shows the measure of success which has atand
devastating our State. tended his efforts,- and that his parent's fondest.
As a soldier he was brave., courageous and gal- expectations have not been misplaced. By.his,
lant, but ever generous to a. fallen foe. As a citi- energy and industry he has. triunmphed, over all
zen he' was true to all the duties of citizenship. obstacles, and now, before he has reached the,
As a Christian he. was humble, pious, devout. He noonday of life, he finds himself in possession of,.
was a true patriot, a good neighbor and a, wise all that is necessary to bring happiness and corncounselor.
He was a devoted Mason and a worthy fort to himself and family. He-has secured a large
member of WVaco Lodge, No. 92. He lived beloved anld lucrative -practice during.. his residencee. in
and respected, and he died universally regretted. Slierman, and laid the foundation for yet greater
We present his character as an example to the results in the prolifie- future of 'his adopted city
young men of our country.. anld State. Hi1s associates in the profession recognize
in .him an able and honorable practitioner,
and the people of Shlierman duly appreciate the
value of his citizenship.
EAD, HENRY OSWALD, lawyer, Sherman
( I Texas, was born on the 17 th day of March,
1851, in Sumner county, Tennessee, where
he lived with his parents through childhood
and youth, and obtained a liberal education.
His father, Juames M. Head, a prominent and
successful physician, was also a native of that section,
and his .mother, whose maiden name. was
Parthenia P. Branhan was also a native of Sumner
In 1869 the subject of this memoir began to read
law in Gallatin, Tennessee, whvich he pursued until
1871, having in the meantime attended a course of
lectures in the law school of Cumberland University,'
and graduated in the same year, and thus prepared
himself to enter upon the practice of his chosen
profession. He was admitted to the bar, and in the
fall of the same year, went to the State of Texas
and located in Sherman, 'Grayson county, where
L2ASSCOOK, GEOQRGE } W., one of the
Y.- Ppioneer settlers of Texas, .was born in
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