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INVDIAIN WAi RS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Maj. Bryan served for a time as a member of
the Commissioner's Court of Brazoria County, was
active in the building of the Columbia Tap Railroad
and was at all times an energetic worker in the
cause of higher education. lie serve(d for twenty
years as trustee of Baylor University, then located
at Independence, and donated largely to its support,
being a warm friend of its founder, Judge
Baylor. He lhas done much for the upbuilding of
his section andt the State at large, every worthy
enterprise receiving his encouragement an(l support.
HIe was a member of the celebrated taxpayers
convention which met in Austin in 1871,
representing Washington County. He was one of
the committee of five who were appointed to notify
Governor E. J. Davis of the acts of the convention.
In religion he was an Episcopalian and in politics
always a Democrat, attending as a delegate all the
State and county Democratic conventions up to the
year 1880. Maj. Bryan died at the home of his
son (Hon. Beauregard Bryan) in Brenham, March
16, 1895, after a brief illness. He left five children:
James, Beauregard, L. R., S. J., and Austin
Bryan, who were present at his bedside during his
last moments. His wife had died June 9th, 1889.
As the wires conveyed the intelligence of his
death to all parts of the State, the public heart was
stirred as it could have been stirred by few events,
for all realized that a father in Israel had passed
away, tilat a man whose life connected the present
with all that is brightest and best and most glorious
in the past history of the commonwealth had
journeyel '" across the narrow isthmus that divides
the sea of life from the ocean of eternity that lies
The Twenty-fourth legislature was then in session
and, on the 19th of March, out of respect to the
distinguished dead, passed by unanimous votes thle
Resolution, offered by Senator Dickson:
Whereas, One of our most distinguislied and
honored citizens and patriotic gentlemen has been
called from our midst in the death of the late Moses
Austin Bryan and,
Whereas, In his death we recognize the fact
that the State of Texas has sustained a loss of one
whose true and honored name has become of great
pride and held in highest esteem by all citizens of
Texas, therefore be it.
"Resolved, That the Senate of the Twenty-fourth
legislature of Texas do hold in sacred memory his
good name and patriotism, and do extend to his
beloved children and relatives their heartfelt sympathies
and condolence in this their hour of deepest
sorrow and distress."
House Resolution, offered by Giddings and
Whereas, We liave learned with deep regret of
the death of Moses Austin Bryan, of Brenham, on
Saturday, March G1th last, and
" Whereas, In him we lose another of those grand
old lieroes, who by their valor, patriotism and
devotion to the principles of liberty, achieved the
independence of Texas and left it as a princely
heritage to posterity, therefore be it
"Resolved, First. That while we realize that
there is no escape from the relentless hand of Time
and recognize that he had passed the allotted age of
man, and had rounded out a long life of devotion
to our loved State, yet it is with feelings of profound
sorrow that we see him taken from our midst.
Second. Tuat we extend to his sorrowing relatives
and friends our sincere sympathy for the great
personal loss they have sustained."
The remains were interred in the cemetery at
Independence, Washington County, Texas, and
were followed to their last resting-place by the
largest funeral cortege known in the history of
that place. The people, without distinction, united
in paying tribute to the memory of the fearless
soldier, stainless citizen, and blameless patriot,
who had lived among them through so many years,
and been such a faithful neighbor and friend, and
who, as he passed among them, had scattered all
about his path of life seeds of kindness, that,
slrung into life from the soil in which they fell,
and filled withl the incense of heaven's own flowers
the tranquil evening hours of his departing day.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/189/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .