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INDLIN WIARI.' SAND PIONEER.S OF TEXAS..,
the day of the final surrender of the Confederate
forces. He enlisted from Rusk County at seventeen
years of age, and went to the front as a member
of Thompson's Company, Lock's Regiment.
John A. Becton, the second son, lives at Sulphur
Springs, Texas, and the third son is Dr. E. P.
Becton, the subject of this sketch.
Dr. Becton was but little more than six years of
age when his parents came to East Texas. He
spent his boyhood in San Augustine, Nacogdoches,
Cherokee and Rusk counties, attending the common
schools of that day, and took a partial course
of study at Austin College, at Huntsville, Texas.
He then determined to adopt the practice of medicine
as a profession, and accordingly, entered the
office of Dr. A. R. Hamilton, at New Danville,
Texas (where the family had located), and January,
1855, began a course of systematic reading
and examinations preparatory to entering college.
In the winter of 1855-6 he attended lectures at
Nashville, Tenn., and at the close of the session
went to Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he read in the
office of James E. and Robert S. Wendel, physicians
of prominence in that State, continuing his
studies under those instructors until the opening of
the next regular session of the University of Tennessee,
when he entered the medical department of
that institution of learning and took a full course
of lectures. He graduated therefrom March 2,
1857, carrying off the honors of his class, one of
the prizes in anatomy, for the highest standing in
the department of anatomy. Dr. Becton commencel
tile practice of medicine at New Danville,
Texas, the year of his graduation. Later he
attended medical lectures at the University of
Louisville, Kentucky, 1874; at the University of
Maryland, at Baltimore, 1879-80; at Tulane University,
Louisiana, 1886, and in 1891 at the Polyclinic.
in New York. He contintued practice at
New Danville, in Rusk County, from 1857 to April,
1862, at which time he entere(l the Confedlerate
army as a private soldier in Capt. J. A. Plegue's
Company, Waterhouse's Regiment. He was
appointed Assistant-surgeon of Fitzhugh's Regiment.
McCullooh's Brigade, Walker's Division,
an(d was soon thereafter recommended for promotion
byhCliief Surgeon of Division Beall, examined by
the Army Medical Board, passed to the rank of Surgeon,
and assigned to duty with the Twenty-second
Regiment of Texas Infantry, commanded by his
warm personal friend, Col. R. B. Hubbard (since
Governor of Texas and United States Minister to
Japan). and attached to Walker's Division. Dr. Becton
remained at his post of duty until the war was
ended and then returned to Texas, and in February,
1866. located at Tarrant, in Hopkins County, and
resumed the practice of his profession. In March,
1874, he moved from Tarrant to Sulphur Springs,
in the same county, where lie continued to reside
until appointed to his present official position.
Always a close and enthusiastic student of the
science and practice of medicine and surgery, he
has taken only that interest in matters outside his
profession that good citizenship required. Somewhat
contrary to his tastes and wishes, he was, however,
chosen to represent his district in the House
of the Twelfth Texas Legislature. He acquitted
himself in that body in a manner highly acceptable
to his large and intelligent constituency and that
won for him a place among the ablest and most
patriotic of his colleagues.
Dr. Becton is known throughout the State as
unalterably opposed to the liquor traffic and as a
supporter of its suppression by constitutional and
statutory prohibition. In the exciting State canvass
on that issue in 1887 he took the stump in
favor of the prohibitory amendment to the State
constitution then pending before the people and
delivered a number of ringing addresses that will
be long remembered and that are destined to bear
good fruit in the future when the public conscience
arouses itself to the necessity for adequate action
upon this vitally important question.
He is a staunch advocate of organization in
medicine, is a member of the county and district
societies where he resided, and of the State and
national associations. As an evidence of the high
regard in which he is held by his confreres in Texas,
he was elected first vice-president of the Texas
State Medical Association at its meeting at Belton,
in 1884, and president at the subsequent meeting
in the city of Houston, in April, 1885, and presided
as such at the Dallas meeting the following year.
That meeting marked a crisis in the life of the
association. It was just before the Ninth International
Medical Congress was to assemble in
Washington City and the question came up on the
adoption of a resolution, instructing the delegates
to indorse and ratify the action of the American
Medical Association at New Orleans, with reference
to the exclusion of new-code men as delegates to
the congress by appointment by the committee on
Pending a discussion of this resolution, Dr.
Becton resigned the chair to the first vice-president
and, coming upon the floor, made a speech
strongly endorsing the resolution and favoring
instructing the delegates. The report was adopted.
His administration fell upon a stormy time in the
history of medicine in this country. Sentiment
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