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the Democratic party, and D)emocratic principles. ing to Texas and locating in 1iusk county. Here
In religion he is an Episcopalian. His social lie renewed the reading of law under the instruequalities
are faultless and devoid of all ostentatious tion and supervision of Judge Morris. In 1851 he
-display, yet firm and courteous toward all whlio was admitted to the bar and immediately opened
come into his presence. Having, thlrough life a law office at Henderson, where he practiced his
applied himself to such employments as were most profession until the beginning of the civil war.
suited to his large capabilities, andi labored only In 1848 he met with a severe affliction in the loss
with a view to serviceable, sincere and ennobling of his first wife, and in 1851 lie was again miarresults,
his achievements have not failed to yield ried to Miss Letitiat M. Graham. In 1861 hlie enhim
that assurance of security and contentminent tered the Confed'erate army as a Lieutenanit in the
which proceeds from faithfulness of action, and 3rd Texas cavalry aniid served with distinction
integrity of character. throughout the war. For meritorious conduct om
-- ^.--~ ~~the field anid military ability generally hlie wias
promoted until he reached the riank of Brigadier
I 4General. - During his career in the army he was
lCTOR, MIATHEW DUNCAN, lawyer of almost constantly in active duty, amid his services
lMarshall, Harrison county, Texas, de- extended over a wide field of operations, embrac~
^ scenided fromi an Irish famiily of that namie. ing Missouri, Arkansas; Indian Nation, Teninessee,
Tiugh Ector, the paternal grmand-father Alabama, Georgia, Keniitucky, and Mississippi'. In
emigrated from Ireland to America before the Rev- the Memorable battle of Wilson's Creek, Elkhorn,
olutionary struggle and participated as a patriot Ricliihmond, (Kentucky) Mufrreesboro, Chickamauga.
soldier throughout the war. His sonii Hugh Wal- and the battles around Atlanta, he was conspicuton
Ector, who was the father of Judge Ector. ous for his soldierly bearing and the interest lihe
was a Georgia planter, trader and specula- took in the fight. At the battle of Chickamauga
tor. He took an active part in the political hie was three times. slightly wounded, aniid at Atmovemients
of his day and served a number of lanta was so seriously injured by the explosioni of
terms as a member of the Georgia Legislature. He a shliell as to necessitate tihe amputation of hIis left
died in Merryweather county, Georgia, whlere lie leg. In 1862 hlie wias nmade Adjutant General of a
had resided for miany years. Judge Ector's mother Brigade, and in 1863 wias elected Colonel of tihe
was Dorothy Duncan, daughter of i:fathew Duncan 14th Texas dismounted cavalry. Subsequently he
-a farmier of Columbia county, Georgia, which was was made' a Brigadier-General and had command
the place of her nativity. The Judge was brought of a brigade at the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickup
in Merrywieather county, Georgia. His youth- amnauga, and in the Atlantic campaign. He was
ful training was of a kind to develop the better one among the valuable officers in tIhe Confederate
faculties of the mind, and hlie early showed a pre- service, distinguished for imputurbability aind courdilection
for study. At the proper age hlie became age in battle. He was an excellent disciplinarian,
a- student at Center College, Danville, Kentucky, and prompt to obey the commands of Ils superior
where hlie received a liberal literary educationi. officers, As a gentlemnian, scholar and soldier lihe
Having thus laid the basis for one of the learned endeared himself to all, and was the especial favorprofessions
hlie selected tlIe law, and in 1841 at the ite of the rank and file. Inii 186(), after the conclue-age
of nineteeni years, began reading uinder Hiram sion of the war, lie returned to Henderson and
B. Warner, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court there *resumed his law practice. The same year
-of Georgia. While preparing for a practitioner he was elected judge of that Judicial District. In
in the courts hlie seems also to have been payiing February 1868 hlie removed to Marshall where as a
court to the fair sex, determined to know ecclesi- lawyer he has since resided. His experience as a
.astical as well as commoni law jurisdiction and in legislator began in 1845, when being then a resipursuance
of the miiatrimoniial initent was married dent of the State of Georgia, hie was elected to a
in 1842, to Miss Louisa Phillips, of Georgia. He seat in its Legislature and afterwards, in 1855, on
now instead of entering on the practice of law, becoming a. citizen of Texas, served in the Legislaturned
hiis attention to farming, and for seven years ture of that state from Rusk county. He took an
followed that occupation industriously, in Merry- active anid prominent part in the legislative coutnweather
coiunity, Georgia. In 1850 he went to Cal- sels of the State and was highly appreciated by
ifornia, travelling extensively throughl the State his co-laborers for practical foresight, good initeninspecting
its resources and facilities, finally eom- tion, energy, aind strict application to business.
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