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"Whatever feelings may have been excited
through the sessions of this convention, whatever
feelings may have been stirred up, wlhether those
feelings originated in sectional claims of the individual
for the parties of their choice, I am happy
to say and proud to express it, that the spirit of
peace andi concord seems to breathe its influence
over this assembly and our closing hour will be
as harmonious and agreeable, as our opening
session was inharmonious.
"Thie present executive of this State is the creation
of the Democratic party, and I believe but express
the sentiment of his people, the sentiment evinced
by the large vote he received in opposition to all
and each of Iis competitors, from the opening
ballot until its close, and this large vote attests
the strength he has in a large portion 'of our State;
and express the preference they gave him, over all
others in competition with him and which was
maintained down to the last ballot. It is not
only a matter of justice and respect, to the person
who has this position, but it is a matter of
justice to ourselves, that we express by a resoluition
that we have confidence in his administration
of the affairs of this State, and that we
desire it to go on the records expressive of that."
lie then introduced the following resolution:
"Resolved:-That it is the sense of this conventibn
that the administration of Governor Hubbard
has been eminently wise and just, and that tihe
Governor deserves the unqualified approbation of
of the people of Texas."
Adopted with only two dissenting voices.
7f R^BELAAND, JOIIN, lawyer of Seguin, Gruada/^A^AL
uipe county, was raised a farmer boy.
Inuhred in youth to the industry and activ";
ity of agricultural life, and early taught
the utility of moral conduct, he laid in the beginning,
the foundation for usefulness, profit, and
honor in manhood. His father, Patrick Ireland, a
native of Hardin county, Kentucky, followed farming
as an occupation. He was a man of good quality
and took great interest in the proper training
and education of his children. He lived in his na
tive state until 1.861 thle date of his death. His
mother, whose maiden name was Rachel Newton,
was born in the same locality. She was a lady of
excellent discretion, and good and kind as a wife
John Ireland was born in Hart county, Kentucky,
January 1, 1827. His literary education was confined
to the English branches in which he became
very proficient. In 1847, being then only twenty
years of age, he was appointed deputy sheriff of
Hart county, which position he filled with entire
satisfaction for about one year. Recently afterward
hlie was constable of that county, thoughl by reason
of want of age it became necessary for the legislature
of the state to pass a special act removing his
ineligibility. The duties of this office he discharged
with rare ability and signal fidelity for three
years. In 1851 he went to Munfordsville and began
reading law with Robert D. Murray and Judge
Henry C. Wood, distinguished lawyers of that bar,
as his instructors. He progressed rapidly in the
acquisition of legal knowledge, being thorough in
the fundamental principles of that science, and was
admitted to the bar in 1852. In the month of April,
1853, he located at Seguin, where he has since resided,
distinguished 'as a lawyer and highly esteemed
as a citizen. For twenty-seven years, except
a term of three years service in the army, ihe
has continuously ahd industriously prosecuted his
professional calling, with a success quite enviable.
His large experience, and profound learning and
acquaintance with the law, as well as his native
tact and ability, number him among the first lawyers
of the Texas bar. In 1859 he was mayor of
Seguin. About this time the political horizon was
threatening and overcast with clouds of portentious
appearance. The agitation of the slavery question
was rapidly approaching the predicted "irrepressible
conflict" which a year later suddenly' furiously
took the character of a civil war. State
after state seceded from the union, and finally it
became necessary for Texas to act. A secession
convention was called and assembled early in 1861.
It was composed of leading and distinguished men.
In this body Mr. Ireland sat as a member, and
was conspicuous in his advocacy of the passage of
the Ordinance 'of Secession. In the spring of 1862
lihe entered the Confederate army as a private soldier
and continued in the military service of the
Confederacy until the final surrender of the Southern
arms. During his career in the army he was,
consecutively, promoted to captain, major, and lieutenant
colonel, being recognized by the government
for bravery, ability to command, and general
soldierly qualities. He saw duty chiefly in the
trans-Mississippi department in most of the battles
and skirmishes of which he participated. In 1866,
the war having then terminated and the reconstruction
measures of congress about to be enforced, a
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