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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
worth, but soon afterwards died in Galveston.
Neither he nor his brother John left a child to bear
his name, but the county of Fisher is understood
to be a common memorial to them and S. Rhoads
There was a fourth man of the name
Fisher--who figured in Texas before, during and
after the revolution, chiefly in the capacity of clerk
and translator, but he was a Greek and died in
Maj. Richard Roman.
Was born in Fayette County, Ky., in 1810,
migrated to Illinois in 1831, and was an officer in
the Black Hawk war of 1832. In December, 1835,
he landed at Velasco, Texas, and joined Gen.
Houston, as Captain of a company, on the Colorado,
during the retreat from Gonzales to San
Jacinto, and performed gallant service in that
battle. He was next aide-de-camp to Gen. Rusk,
while he was in command of the army on the San
Antonio and Guadulupe. He settled in Victoria
and several times represented that county in the
Texian Congress; also frequently serving in expeditions
against the Indians.
By the Congress of 1839-40 he was elected one
of the three members composing the traveling
board of commissioners for all the country west of
the Brazos river, for the detection of fraudulent
land certificates by a personal examination of the
records of each County Court and hearing proof,
a high compliment to both his capacity and integrity.
He was a senator in the last years of the
Republic and participated in all the legislation connected
with annexation to the United States.
In 1846 he entered the Mexican war as a private
soldier in the celebrated scouting company of
Capt. Ben McCulloch, in which were a number of
men of high character at that time and numerous
others who subsequently won more or less distinction.
In this respect it is doubtful if a more
remarkable company for talent ever served under
the Stars and Stripes. But Private Roman, at the
instance of Gen. (then U. S. Senator) Rusk was
soon appointed by President Polk, Commissary of
Subsistence, with the rank of Major. As such he
was in the battle of Monterey, in September, 1846,
and Buena Vista in February, 1847. The American
army evacuated Mexico in June, 1848, and
early in 1849 Maj. Roman started to California.
Following the admission of that State into the Union
in 1850, he was elected for the two first terms,
State Treasurer, and then came very near being
nominated by the dominant party for Governor.
By President Buchanan he was appointed Appraiser
General of Merchandise on the Pacific coast.
About 1863 he became severely palsied and so deaf
as to receive communication from others only
through writing. Never having married, his last
years were made pleasant in the family of a loving
relative in San Francisco till his death in 1877.
He was a man of ability, firmness, fidelity in every
trust and strong in his attachments and, unlike
many men of such characteristics, without bitterness
or prejudice. The name of " Dick" Roman
is cherished wherever it was known in Texas.
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