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he was inured to hard labor upon the family farm,
but possessing an excellent mind and a literary
disposition, he subsequently obtained a liberal education
at the University of Tennessee, formerly
known as the East Tennessee University. His expenses
at college were defrayed with the wages he
earned teaching school, and after leaving college
he taught school for two years spending his leisure
moments in perusing the rudimentary works of the
law. He was always self-reliant, never expecting
or depending upon extraneous aid, but followed
the old maxim "anything to be well done must
be done by one's self. " In 1852 he was admitted
to the bar at Nashville Tennessee, and imumediately
began the conduct of 1tlgation in the courts
at Knoxville. Here he practiced his profession.
with success until 1854 when he made the tour
of Texas, prospecting for a suitable location, and
finally in 1855 settled with his family in Washington
county, near the old town of Wa hington.
From this period until 1866 he practiced law and
carried on a plantation; in that year however he
abandoned planting, and removed to Brenham
where he devoted himself exclusively to the law.
Judge McAdoo although. thoroughly versed in the
science of the law as revefled in the books had,
or by practice acquired the faculty of noting the
faces, characters, voices, dress and deportment of
parties and witnesses. The glance of intelligence,
the frown of opposition and smile of approval were
each a guide for him in the art of conducting litigation;
hence he became eminently practical.
Law with him was nothing more than right reason,
and trying a case was simply and only ascertaining
the exact facts with their necessary application
to the law. In 1871 he was appointed District
Judge of the Seventh district. He now removed
to Jefferson where, he resided until March 1876.
He lived at Marshall during portions of the years
1876-77-78; in January of the latter year he relocated
at Brenhamr where he has since resided.
In 1862 Judge McAdoo entered the Confederate
army as a private in the Twentieth Texas Infantry;
was for some time adjutant general of the regiment;
lieutenant-colonel on the staff of General J.
B. Magruder; and in March 1864 was made brigadier-general
of the, state forces on the frontier.
The last disbanding order issued by any Confederate
officer was issued by him in June 1865.
While occupying a seat upon the bench of the
Seventh Judicial District he received the appointment
of Judge of the Supreme Court of that'State.
which he accepted, resigning his place on the
District Bench. In 1876 he was appointed Post
at Marshall which position he held until
1878 when, in November of that year he was.
elected County Judge of Washington county, an
office he now (1880) holds. The Judge has never
sought or held official position purely political in
its character. In 1860 he was a candidate on the
" Houston Union Ticket" which, in the excited
state of the public mind suffered defeat. The positions
he has been called upon to occupy have been
of a judicial nature and he is not known as a
politician, but as a jurist of great merit. His
political principles as a voter are in strict harmony
with the avowed doctrines and promulgated platforms
of the Republican Party. In matters of religion
he adheres to the Methodist denomination.
He has the reputation of an able jurist, and as a.
private citizen is regarded as a man of integrity
and honesty of purpose.
His connection with a political party constantly
in the minority in the state has prevented him
from attaiinig that prominence which his acknowledged
learning and ability justly entitles him. He
was married in 1852 to Miss Zuelda B. Brigg of
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OSE, MOSES., a native of France, was an
early immigrant to Texas, and resided in
Nacogdoches in 1827. Rose was a warm
friend of Colonel James Bowie, and accompanied
him to the Alamo in the fall of 1836During
the last five days of his stay at the Alama,
the enemy kept up an incessant bombardment, and,
several times advanced to the wall, and the men
within were so constantly engaged that they ate
and slept only at Short intervals. The following is
Rose's account of his escape. About two hours
before sunset, on the third day of March 1836, the
bombardment suddenly ceased, and the enemy
mithdrew an unusual distance. During this time
Travis paraded his men and calmly addressed them
as follows: "My brave companions -Necessity
compels me to employ th-e few moments now
afforded to make known to you a most solemn and
melancholy situation. Be prepared for the worst?
Our fate is sealed-within a few days, perhaps a
few hours, we must all be in eternity. It is our
destiny -we can not avoid it. It is our certain
doo'n. I have kept you in ignorance of this, in
hcp2s of receiving re-enforcements. I ask your pardon
for it. In deceiving you, I also deceived myself.
I have all along received assurances of help.
Every letter I have received, and every person I
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