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under the new laws, with the various duties in all I J
the departments there are inmany questions arising DA
of complicated character. His perfect familiarity _ RD)0 JOHN ) SALON, of Brownsville, Catwith
every branch of his office and his mature - eron coiunty, was born in Greenville Discouncils
are felt in every department. trict, South Carolina, May 26th, 1815;
Comptroller Darden is still a close student, and moved with his fathler to Tennessee, in
his fund of information is inexhaustable. With a 1817; came to Texas in June, 1836, and settled in
ready memory and vigorous intellect, in conversa- San Augustine; entered the army of the young
tion he is remarkable, lucid, convincing and enter- Republic (having raised a company of men in Tentaining.
No mian can come in contact with him nessee), and served during the years 1836-7-8 and
and not be pleased with his calm dignity, his cor- '39; was elected to Congress in 1844, and introdiality
and that indescribable impression he con- duced the resolution in that body, in 1845, to acveys
that hlie is to be trusted in every particular, cept the terms of annexation to the United Stat
and that he has all the kindly feeling that man he settled in Austin, in 1845, and became editor of
should have for man. the Texas Democrat; was adjutant of Colonel Jack
It is remarked by all who come in contact with Hay's regiment in the war with Mexico, and was
himn that there is no cold blood in his nature, but commended to the Secretary of War for gallant
all warmth, heart and sentiment. This peculiarity conduct on several occasions; in 1849 accompanied
is perhaps the secret of his universal popularity. Major R. S. Neighbors, on a trip exploration, to
As a politician he never sought office. It has El Paso; in the sane year, was captain of rangers,
been through the spontaneous feeling of the people stationed betwen the N'euces and Rio Orande, and
with whom he had lived that he has become a had a number of engagements with the Indians
candidate; and in recent elections he used no in 1849-50-51, and was complimented in general
efrt to secure nomination, orders, by General Brooke, U. S. A., then corniimaniding
in Texas; in 1852, elected to the State
In personal appearance, Colonel Darden is strik- en a in nted th e dtal roe, in
xig a i commanding. He would coiniad atteii- Senate; again entered the editorial role, and in
ing and commanding. He would command atten - c w C J Wakr establishe
connection with Captain Joe. Walker, established
tion in any crowd. He is tall and heavily built, iThe State Times, which was published until 1857;
without having an ounce of surplus flesli, vigorous in 1858 , a commander of the State troops, and
.. v' Q " , v ,~~~~ in 1858, was commiiander of the State troops, alid
out door exerc'lse, iiot of a character to wear a . ., -3
out door exercise, not of a character to wear a, defeated the Indians in two engagements, on the
man out, has given him strength and robustness, South Canadian; in the latter part of 1859, was
and his personal appearance and intellectual vigor lower Rio rande, to operate against
,# sent ta the lower Rio Grrande,- to operate against
are well miatched. Cortina, whom he defeated and routed, capturing
It may be truly said of him that he has well two pieces of artillery and killing a large number
filled every station in which circumstances have o Mexicans; hlie again defeated Cortina, in Febrithrown
him, in his adventurous life. ary, 1860, at La Bolsa, in Mexico, and again, under
As a citizen, as a legislator and as a soldier, his Captain (now General) Stoneman, at La Mesa, and
mark has been made, and no stain mars the finally at Cortina's own ranch, in Magote, which
brightness of his escutcheon, and as a friend and endet what was known as the "Cortina War;" in
neighbor he posesses all the characteristics of the 1861, Colonel Ford was a meminber of the Secession
old time Mississippi gentlemen. As a statesmnan, Convention; commanded an expedition to Brazos
he stood equal with the brightest in the councils Santiago, in February, of the same year; was
of the State. As a soldier, he was idolized elected colonel of the Second Texas Cavalry, and
by his command, and stood unflinching in the had command of the Rio Grande District; was
ranks. commandant of c6nscripts in the latter part of 1862;
In society, in the relations of life, he is above on May 13, 1865, Colonel Ford, in command af
reproach, his business character and moral habits less than three hundred mounted men, and one
and correct deportment are such as become a man battery of six pieces, engaged and defeated Colonel
in public life to whom the youth of thle country Barrett, in command of three regiments, near the
look for example. Palmetto Ranche, Cameron county. This is beA
bright career of usefulness in the State is lieved to have been the last engagement of the
open for him, for his people well appreciate his war. After the surrender, he was parole commismany
estimable qualities in private life, and his sioner on the part of the Confederates; in 1868,
marked abilities as a public officer. Colonel Ford edited the Brownsville Sentinal; was
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