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issippi. Here .he remained devoting his entire
time and attention to his business until 1875
when he located at Dallas, Texas, where he has
since resid(led as a capitalist and public spirited
citizen, being largely interested in public improvements,
and the owner of all the important lines of
Street Railway, in the city of Dallas. During the
Civil war hlie was in principle, and sympathy a
supporter of the Confederate cause, but in consequence
of continued sickness incapacitating him
for military duty was prevented from entering the
army as an active belligerant. He was married
February 23, 1854 to Miss Sarah C. Angell, of
Woodville, Mississippi, daughter of Dr. James
Angell a prominent physician who settled in Galveston
Texas, in 1855. Mr. Keller was a Whig
until the final dissolution of that party and in the
election, just preceding the war, supported the
Bell and Everett ticket. He has been a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church for twenty
years, and zealous in the discharge of religious
duty. Being a man-of character he commands the
respect and confidence of all who come in contact
with him. ..
their friends at the front, however, and remained
in the service until the close of the war, and ended
hIis enlistment while at Shreveport, at the time acting
as assistant military storekeeper of the arsenal
situated in that place, but regularly connected with
Shelby's Brigade with which he surrendered. Being
banished from his native land he now found the
profession he had acquired in hi,s boyhood most,
serviceable in providing those wants by which he
found himself surrounded. In February, 1866, he
came to Dallas and began the study of law in the
office of Messrs. Guess he graduated in law at lHarvthrough
all the gradations of the printing office, ard University, Cambridge. In 1852, hlie immigrated
and when war came on, in 1861, he was regularly to Texas and settled in Tyler, Smith county, where
established at his case, a finished artisan of the he entered upon the practice of law. His brilliant
"art preservative of all arts." Captain Bower talents and popularity of person served to introduce
was Southern in his sympathies, and when the him to the public, and in 1855 we find hiim occuissue
was narrowed down to the bloody arbitrament pying a position at the head of his professionwith
of the sword, he took part with the Cosfederate a large .and lucrative practice; at this tinie, he enside.
fHe at once became a partisan in the corn- tered the contest against the Know-Nothings, and
pany of rangers, that were worthily commanded stumped the State in the interest of the Demoby
Captain Martin E. Green, who fell boldly fighting cratic party. HI-is brilliant oratorical powers gained
in the Southern ranks at Vicksburg, Mississippi. for him the sobriquet of the "Demosthenes of
At that time the Federal forces had entire control Texas." In 1856, he was elected a delegate, fromi
of the State of Missouri, and many weeks elapsed Smith county to the State Democratic convention,
before the command could pass through the Federal which met at Austin, and was elected by that
Iines and join General Price' ariny, then thorough- body, one of the eight delegates from Texas to the
ly organized and actively engaged in the field. National Democratic State convention at Cincinnati
Captain Bower and his company finally reached which nominated Mr. Buchanan for President of
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