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tine has devoted his entire time in the improvement
of the thoroughfares of the city of Dallas.
The faithful manner in which he discharges all his
duties, speaks more for his professional skill and
high personal merits, than any number of sentences,
however elegantly expressed and connected
canl possibly do. No man in that city occupies a
higher position in the esteem of the people than
he,, and certainly no one could be more justly
entitled to their regard.
, AzXEY, SAMUEL BELL, prominent law*^I1E-
.er, of Paris, is a native of Monroe
"~? 9^ county Kentucky, where he was born on
~'^ ;s~ ^the 30th of March, 1825. His early literary
education, was obtained in his native county,
He graduated from the United States Military
Academy, at West Point in 1846. He fought with
gallantry through the Mexican war, and was brevetted
for services at Contreras and Cherubusco.
In 1849 he resigned his commission as lieutenant
in the regular army. He soon after returned to
his native State, entered on the reading of law
and in 1850 was admitted to the bar. In 1857 lie
settled in Texas. In 1861 he was elected State
Senator but declined the office, and soon after entered
the Confederate army as Colonel of the
Ninth Texas Infantry. In 1862 he was made a
brigadier general and in 1864 was made a major
general. During 1863-65 he commanded the Indian
Territory Military District. I-Ie also for some time
was superintendent of Indian affairs. On the close
of. the war he resumed the practice of law. In
1873 lie was commissioned as Judge of the Eighth
district of Texas; but declined holding the office.
In. 1875 lie was elected to the United States Senate
as a Democrat. His term of service expires March
ERFOOT, JOHN, D. Judge Kerfoot was
orn in Clark county, Virginia, on the 1st
day of July, 1835. At an early age he was
matriculated as a student in the University
of Virginia-that famed institution of learning, that
has given to this age of our country some of the
loftiest minds and ablest men the world has ever
known. With such an "Alahia Mater," it is but
reasolable to suppose that his habits were early
established in strict accordance with those rules
that conduce so highly to the advancement of all
those who conform to their teachings and 'principles.
When. his course had been completed, he
returned to his native county, and became a student
of law in the office of the Hon. P. McCormick,
of Berryville, a place that is destined in the
course of time to become classic in its history,
just as it has been the scene of soine of tle bloodiest
struggles that the world's history affords. It
is a center point round which great men have often
sprung into existence, and others contended for
principles in that true old Spartan style that
commands the admiration of every impartial mind.
When only a boy he came to Texas, in obedienec
to those instincts that lead men forward and force
them into those distinctions that follow as natural
results. Dallas was fortunate enough to captivate
hlis predilections, and although he was for nearly
Xthree years intently occupied in the selection of his
future home, the charnms and attractions of that
section triumphed, and secured him in the list of
its early settlers. Judge Kerfoot reached that city
in 1855, and adopted it as his homei, after a vain
search to find a more promising or desirable place
of abode; and in 1858 he there began the practice
of his profession. He moved on with the country,
entering into all the enterprises and participating
in all the advancements that were made, until 186(1,
when the thunderings of the "deep-mouthed cannon"
in his native land reached his ears; and,
realizing in those terrible tones the call of Virginia
for her sons to gather for her defense, lie at
once left for that grand old state, the "cradle of
statesmineli," anid entered the Confederate army as a
private soldier in the Clark county Cavalry, comm:anded
by Captain - , and attached to
General Lomax's Brigade. The services rendered
to the South by his invincible body of heroic men
have, in a measure, already' passed into history.
In them, Judge Kerfoot bore his part, and until
the war ended was content to ride in the rear of
such men as Lee, Stewart anid Hampton, bearing
no higher honor than that to vwhich a private soldier
is entitled. He returned to his old home when
the smoke of battle had cleared away and when
an uncertain peace was endeavoring to establish
its sway over this country, and remained until 1867,
whlen he could no longer restrain the desires that
rose 'uppermost in i his heart and attracted him to
the scenes and associations lie liad already formed
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