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ENC YCLOPEDI A.
lie came to Texas, landing at Valasco, in June of
that year. HIe became Attorney-General uinder
Houston, and subsequently was Secretary of State.
In 1837 hle was made Minister to England and
France. In 1840 lhe returned to Texas, and resumed
the practice of his profession. In 1844 lie
was Special Minister to the IUnited States. In 184.5
lie was elected Go;ernor. IHe commanded the
rexans in the Mexican war, wit.h the rank of
AMajor-General. On account of his gallant conduct
at Monterey, the United St.ates Congress voted hli
a hiandIsomie sword. In 1857 lie was elected to the
ITiiited States Senate, but his lihealth failed and.he
died before taking his seat. General J. Pinkney
-IHenderson was a man of undoubted ability as a
soldier and a statesman. Ile was a man of quick
and generous sensibilities, and most gentlemanly
RTON, ALBERT C., acting Governor of the
State of Texas during a. portion of HenV--~~
tderson's administration(, was a native of
Alabama. At an early date lie located
on a large plantation in Wharton county. Ile actively
participated, and with marked gall'antry, as
a cavalry leader in various skirmishes and fights
during the Texan war for Independence. Duriing
the Republic lie represented his county in Congress,
and at the first election after annexation, was
elected Lieutenant-G(overnor. O)n .account of General
Henderson being absent coimmanding the Texans
in the Mexican war, lie becaime Governor. In
18(15 lie (tiedI oii his plantation in Whlarton county.
KE, RICHARD, Governor of Texas, by elee-?
^ tioni in 1873, was born in Virginia. in 1829'
-His literary education was liberal and obtained
at William and Mary C(ollege, fromi
which distinguished institution' he graduated with
lionor. Hie subsequently studied law. In 1850 he
located at Waco, where he has continued to reside,
In 1865 he was appointed District Judge, and the !ollowing
year was elected one of the Associate Justices
of the Supreme Court. In 1873 he was elected Governor,
and on the adoption of the new constitution
was re-elected in 1876. Soon after he was elected to
the rnited States Senate, and on'the 1st of December,
1876, he relinquished the executive office, and
in March following took his seat in the Senate.
AESE, ELISHA !M., was a native of Con'~1^
_%:necticut, where he resided until the age of
_~B iumajority. His opportunities for education
were those .offered by the public schools of
his native State and two terms at an academy in
Westfield, Massaehusetts. His time fromn the age of
fourteen to twenty-one was occupied as clerk in a
country store and in the post-)flice at Hartford Connecticut.
IIHe spent the spring and summer of 1834
in traveling over the Western States and Territories.
In the fall of that year business carried him to New
Orleans, where his atteintion was directed to Texas
by the lepresentiations of many prominent citizens
of that country, whose acquaintance he
there made. On the completion of his business
in New Orleans, in January, 1835, embarked on
schooner, then the only mod of conveyance,
for Velasco, Texas, at the month of the Brazos
river. After traveling over the country as far as
Mina,, then the frontier settlement on the Colorado
river, now called Bastrop, he selected that
place for his future home, and immediately began
the study of law with Colonel D. C. Barrett, who
had just commenced practice there
During that summer, besides. pursuing his studies,
he visited San Felipe, then the capital of the department
of Brazos and Sati Antonio, the capital of
the 'department of Bexar. He became Secretary of
the Conmmittee of Public Safety for the jurisdiction
of Mina an'd took an active part in all its public
affairs. When the call was made by the authorities
of Gonzales, in the latter part September, 1835, for
aid in resisting the demand of the commandant at
San Antonio, for the surrender of a piece of artillery
which had been furnishled them for defence against
the Indianls, he joined the company of Captain
Robert M. Coleman and marched to their relief. I-He
participated in the first skirmish of the Texas revo!ution
at Gonzales and remained with the army until
furleughed for sickness and disability. Tliough still
suffering fronm maladies that rendered hinm unfit for
service in the field, lie visited San Felipe in the latter
part of November, where le .was immediately
elected, without solicitation, Secretary of the General
Council- of' tle Provisional Govermnent, in.
which office he continued until that government was
superceeeded, in March, 1836, by the government ad(
interinm, of which Dkavid G. Burnet was President.
Though not connected with the convention that declared
the Independence of Texas, he, at the request
of General Rusk and other prominent members,
assisted in framing the ordinance that organized the
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