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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Consul for the United States at Acapulco, Mexico,
and held the office until December 1st, 1890,
making one of the best officers in the foreign service.
He was often commended by the State
Department, and his reports were copied by the
leading commercial papers in Europe and America.
Col. Loughery was undoubtedly one of the
finest writers and clearest thinkers that the South
has ever produced, and deserves to rank with
Ritchie, Kendall and Prentice. It has been said
that journalism has greatly improved in recent
years. This is true with regard to the gathering
and 'dissemination of news, but not true in any
He was married to Miss Elizabeth M. Bowers
near Nebo, Ky., November 23, 1853. His
widow and four children, Robert W., Jr. (born
of his first marriage), Augusta M., E. H., and
Fannie L., survive him. He died at his home in
Marshall, Texas, April 26, 1894, and was interred
in the cemetery at that place.
Mrs. E. M. Loughery was born in Christian
County, Kentucky, is the daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Bowers, is descended from two
of the oldest and most distinguished families of the
"Blue Grass State," was partly educated at Oakland
Institute, Jackson, Miss., came to Texas
with her uncle, Judge Dudley S. Jennings, and
remained some time afterward with her uncle,
Gen. Thomas J. Jennings, well remembered as
a lawyer, Attorney-general of Texas and citizen of
Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Fort Worth.
Mrs. Loughery is a lady of superior culture and
attainments, and as a writer little inferior to her
talented husband. During the days of the military
commission at Jefferson, when Col. Loughery was
threatened with incarceration in the stockade, it
was understood that in case of his arrest, she was
to assume editorial control of the Times, and continue
its strictures on the despotism that prevailed,
a work, that had it become necessary, she would
have been fully competent to perform. She has
recently written and published in pamphlet form
a memoir of the life, character and services of Col.
Loughery that possesses superior literary merits
and has met with favorable comment in the leading
newspapers in the State.
R. W. Loughery, Jr., was a soldier in the Confederate
Army during the four years of the war,
carried the last dispatches into Arkansas Post,
fought through the Tennessee and Georgia campaigns,
was mentioned at the head of his regiment
for conspicuous gallantry at Chickamauga and followed
the flag until it was finally furled in North
Carolina. He was a printer on the old Dallas
Herald, and later on its successor, the Dallas News,
until recently, and is still living in Dallas.
Miss Augusta M. Loughery is one of the most
accomplished ladies in Texas. E. H. Loughery
edited newspapers at Jefferson, Texas, Shreveport,
La., Paris, Texas, Abilene, Texas, and
Marshall, Texas, during the years from 1879 to
1891; edited Daniell's Personnel of the Texas
State Government (published in 1892), Col. John
Henry Brown's two-volume history of Texas, and
the present volume' (Indian Wars and Pioneers of
Texas); has gotten out numerous special newspaper
editions in Texas, and has done various
writing at sessions of the Texas State legislature
during the past eleven or twelve years. Miss
Fannie L. Lougherv is an excellent writer, and a
poetess of great promise.
The following are three of the hundreds of
notices that appeared in Texas papers concerning
It is now definitely known that our townsman,
Col. R. W. Loughery, the Nestor of the Texas
press, has been appointed American Consul at
Acapulco, Mexico. Col. Loughery's reputation as
an able and fearless editor, as an honest and faithful
Democrat, is beyond question, and nothing we
might write could possibly add to his well-earned
and well-deserved reputation. If Col. Loughery
had done nothing more, his heroic, but perilous
fight with the military in the days of reconstruction,
when there was at Jefferson a military inquisition,
and the man who opposed it imperiled both life and
liberty, he would deserve the highest praise. As a
staunch, tried and true Democrat of the Jeffersonian
school, Col. Loughery is the peer of any and deserves
liberal recognition from the party. Texas
owes him a large debt of gratitude and liberal
material recognition for the work he has done in
shaping her political fortunes when it cost much in
peril and sacrifice to defend her rights and autonomy
against the combined power of Federal
authority and hireling satraps. As a writer
Col. Loughery is clear, incisive, strong, and
few men are better posted in the political
history of our national and Southern State politics,
and few, if any, are better able to defend a Democratic
administration. As a consular representative
of our country in Acapulco, Mexico, he will bring
to his duties a mind well cultivated and a large
experience in the duties of American citizenship
and an accurate knowledge of the history of our
government. The Colonel will wield a pen able and
ready for any emergency in peace or war
blade that has never yet been sheathed in the
presence of an enemy."
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