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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.2.
Texas. After a short but eminent career upon the
bench, he found that the duties of the bar which he
had so long cultivated and cherished were congenial
to his tastes as well as far more remunerative, and in
1875 be resigned and returned to his law practice at
San Antonio, which, from that time until his death,
be pursued with vigor and uninterrupted devotion.
Judge Devine did not incline to politics or public
life. Under protest from him, his friends in 1878
made him a prominent candidate for Governor of
Texas and, aside from this, he never permitted his
name to be used in connection with any political
office. Judge Devine was regarded as one of the
ablest lawyers of the Texas bar. He was a man of
great intellectual vigor and superior mental endowments
and, while he possessed much of the
humorous vivacity and spontaneous repartee characteristic
of his parentage and the race from which
he sprung, candor and sincerity were the ruling
traits of his character. He was patient and thorough
in his investigations and an excellent legal counsellor.
His uniform courtesy and mild disposition
and his aptness on proper occasions to adorn with
good-natured jest the dull and monotonous features
of legal argument, rendered him an engaging alvocate
and gave him great power before a jury.
His oratory often rose to the highest standard of
eloquence. As a judge his decisions were characterized
by an independence of judgment and a
freedom from the restraints of doubtful precedent
that commended them to practitioners as the
emanations of profound learning, thorough research
and conscientious conviction.
He held the scales of justice in even balance and
no feature of wrong, however speciously attired,
could disturb their equipoise. His judgments
were fixed upon the firm basis of law and right. In
private life Judge Devine possessed the noblest
qualities. He was kind, charitable and publicspirited,
and always ready to respond to every
meritorious demand as a friend, a neighbor and a
W. B. AIKIN,
Col. W. B. Aikin was born in Burke County,
North Carolina, January 23, 1805. His father,
Jolin Aikin, a native of Ireland, came to America
at the age of twenty-three years, was a farmer by
occupation, and died in Mississippi in 1838. Col.
Aikin's mother, Mrs. Anne Aikin, was a daughter
of Samuel Aken, of Pennsylvania. She died February
5th, 1867. Her father lived to the mature
age of one hundred and six years.
The subject of this memoir left iis native State
in 1823 and went to Jefferson County, Ala., whiere
he resided until 1831. I-e moved to Noxslbee
County, Miss., in that year, and in 1847 to Cass
County, Texas, where he resi(ded until 1860, and
then moved to Red River County. In 1872 he
made his home in Paris, Lamar County, Texas, and,
until the time of his death, was prominently identified
with the commercial and social interests of that
thriving little city. He was always largely engaged
in agricultural pursuits and left a landed estate of
about fifteen thousand acres of land situated in Lamar
and Red River counties. Prior to his death he
was vice-president of the Farmers and Me,rchants
Bank of Paris, a director of the First National Bank
of Jefferson, Texas, and president of the Lamar
Ware House Company, of Paris. He was a consistent
member of the M. E. Church, South, over
fifty years, and took a great interest in church work.
In March, 1827, lie married Miss Araminta Flanagan,
of North Carolina. Four children were born
of this union. Only two of these lived to maturity,
Mrs. (. C. Connor, now living in Paris, Texas,
and Mrs. W. B. Ward, who died in 1882, at Jefferson,
In 1881 Col. Aikin founded what is now known
as Aikin Institute, an educational institution that
has since been given to the city. In 1892 he built
and gave to the city of Paris the Aikin Charity
Hospital at a cost of $12,000. He was a liberal contributor
to churches and charitable purposes, and in
every way, to the full extent of his means and personal
influence, sought to promote the best interests
of the community and country. Hie died at Paris,
Texas, June 2, 1893, and was buried in Evergreen
cemetery. One of the finest granite monuments
ever erected in Texas now marks his grave; a
tribute to his memory prompted by the love of Mrs.
O. C. Connor.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/248/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .