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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
of personal friendship, strong and lasting, were
formed, thus predisposing most juries to a favorable
consideration of any cause that he might advocate.
His intellectual processes were, however,
distinctly logical and, though impressing his hearers
with the sincerity of his own convictions by the
earnestness of his manner, he yet appealed directly
to their reason by a masterly marshaling of his
facts and the cogency of his arguments. His
energy was indomitable and patience tireless, no
detail of a case being considered unworthy of attention.
This completeness of preparation, combined
with cautiousness in the enunciation of
legal principles or judicial rulings, gave him a merited
influence with the courts and the degree of
confidence placed in his integrity and executive
capacity is shown by the frequency of his name on
tile probate records as counselor or as the fiduciary
agent of estates. Though thorough in the examination
of all questions, he was bold and progressive
in the advocacy of measures conducive to the
advancement of his town, county and State.
He was thus among the first to perceive the beneficial
possibilities of railroads and in 1856, in connection
with his distinguished brother, Hon. D. C.
Giddings, he assisted in the organization of a company
for the purpose of constructing a railroad
through Washington County and, to prevent the
failure of the enterprise, the firm of J. D. and D. C.
Giddings undertook the building of the road.
The self-abnegation, bravery and constructive
energy of the pioneer settlers of America has made
their history pleasant reading to all and their
example has fired the hearts of many struggling for
the political advancement of their race, but the
promoters of the first railroads built in America
are entitled to well-nigh equal admiration, for they
have shown equal ability, equal energy and equal
courage in grappling with difficulties and have, too,
frequently sacriiced the earnings of a lifetime in
their efforts to advance their own and the material
welfare of the country. Though the line built by
J. D. and D. C. Giddings was but a short one, yet
the troublous times during which the work was
completed and the faithfulness with which they
complied with all their obligations to Northern
creditors, not only elevated them to the highest
plane of business capacity, but laid the foundation
of Brenham's present prosperity.
Treasuring as a priceless jewel the liberty gained
on the field of San Jacinto, Mr. Giddings took a
lively interest in all political issues. His wide
acquaintance, knowledge of human nature, and
executive ability made him a party leader of exceptional
power, but his fondness for the pleasures
of home and his aversion to the turmoil of public life
restrained his political aspirations and he refused
offers of office on all but one occasion.
In 1866, when the disorganization consequent
upon the cessation of the war between the States
was most complete, when questions of vital importance
to the peace and happiness of his people were
to be settled, and when many of our best men were
dead or bowed down by discouragement, he accepted
a seat in the legislature and served one term.
He was a religious man. His God was his friend
and counsellor. His Bible was the source of daily
comfort and aid.
The support of his church, her ordinances and
ministers, was with him not only a duty but a positive
pleasure and, though sparing of time and
means for personal indulgence, neither were too
valuable for the advancement of religion or the
cause of charity. This religious element in his
nature enabled him not only to fully appreciate the
sublime beauties of the Masonic ritual, but
prompted his aspirations to positions of honor in
the order and, as in his church he was elected to
the highest honors possible to a layman, so he held
the highest offices in the three grand divisions of
In 1878 he was thrown from his buggy and, a
few days afterwards, on the 25th of June, died
from internal injuries.
In 1880, the old frame church (in which as
superintendent of the Sunday school he ministered
for over twenty years) was torn down and a handsome
modern building erected on a more beautiful
spot and dedicated as the "Giddings Memorial
With qualities pre-eminently fitting him for
political leadership, he sought only the advancement
of his friends and the good of his country. A
great lawyer and skilled in all the subtleties of his
profession, he was a willing friend and a chivalrous
opponent of youthful attorneys.
Forgetful of self, but ever indulgent of others,
a ready helper of those in need and denying advice
to none in distress, welcoming all with generous
hospitality, a devoted husband and father, a
true friend and good citizen, he will ever be held
in remembrance, by those who. knew him best,
as a noble specimen of God's greatest work a
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