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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Kendall v. State, 8 Ct. of App. 569;
Guffee v. State, 8 Ct. of App. 187;
Albrecht v. State, 8 Ct. of App. 216.
As a lawyer he represents important railway and
commercial interests, and in a recent controversy
between the United States and the State of Texas,
in the Sulpreme Court, involving the title to Greer
County, Texas, was of counsel for the State and
participated in the argument. Few lawyers in the
State enjoy as large and lucrative a law practice.
He has long ranked among the ablest counselors in
the United States. His services in connection
with the codification of the statutes of the State
were invaluable. It was the first work of the kind
that was undertaken. The result of the labors of
the commission were the Revised Statutes of 1879.
The work was so thoroughly done, that, when the
legislature provided a few years since for a revision
of the laws of the State, the commissioners were
instructed not to change the general arrangement,
nor even the verbiage used by the former codifiers,
where such action was not rendered imperative by
later amendments to old, or the enactment of new,
laws. No greater compliment could have been
paid to Judge Clark an(d his colleagues. As
Attorney-General and as one of the judges of the
Court of Appeals he fully sustained the high reputation
with which lie came to those positions.
Before those important pl)blic offices were conferred
upon him he had become well known to the
people of Texas. In the dark days that followed
the war between the States, lie was an earnest
worker for the re-establishment of honest, constitutional
government, and took a prominent part in
the great popular struggle that resulted in tle
overthrow of the Davis regime and the restoration
of the control of the State to the citizens of Texas.
As a soldier, public servant, lawyer and citizen, he
has come fully up to every responsibility, and has
responded to every duty. As a member of an honoralble
profession, he has pursued it with zeal and
has devoted to it the full strength of his mind.
The people of Texas fully appreciate his high
character and important services. They have a
very warm spot in their heart of hearts for George
Clark and will not forget what he has dlone until
they grow to be grateful only for services they
expect to receive.
The State of South Carolina, in proportion to her
limits and population, has contributed as much, if
not more, towards developing and making the State
of Texas what she is to-day, as any of her sister
To the judiciary she has sent JamesCollinsworth,
the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court under
the Republic; Hon. Thomas J. Rusk, first Chief
Justice of the Appellate Court under the State
government and for so long a while her distinguished
United States Senator; Hon. John Hemphill,
who later filled the same position (from 1846
to 1858) and who, like his predecessor, Gen. Rusk,
represented his State in the United State Senate;
then there was Hon. A. S. Lipscomb, also the
venerable and esteemed 0. M. Roberts and Hon.
Charles S. West, the subject of this sketch, all
conspicuous examples of gallant sons of the
" Palmetto State " who have adorned the bench of
their adopted State of Texas.
The father of Judge West, John Charles West,
was a native of North Carolina, who at an early age
emigrated to Camden, South Carolina, where he
was teller in the old Camden Bank and for two
terms sheriff of Kershaw district (now county).
He was universally esteemed and respected. On
his mother's side Judge West was connected with
the Thorntons, Eccles, Copers, Clarks and other
old South Carolina families. Iis mother, Nancy
Clark Eccles, was a woman of more than ordinary
culture and education and possessed literary ability
of the higher order.
In the fall of 1846 young West left Jefferson
College, Pennsylvania, and became a student of
South Carolina College, then presided over by tile
celebrated orator, Hon. W. C. Preston. He graduated
therefrom in 1848. During theyears 1849-50
he was in very needy circumstances and for a living
taught a small school for the Boykin family at
their Pleasant Hill home, near Camden; at the
same time studied law under Hon. James Chestnut,
afterwards a United States senator from South
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