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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Sixteenth Missouri Infantry, then commanded by
Col. L. M. Lewis (who afterwards became a General)
and participated in nearly all the great batties
fought in the Trans-Mississippi department.
After the close of the war he returned to Missouri,
and engaged in farming and running an engine in a
flouring mill until he became able to undertake the
study of law and then entered the law office of
Judge F. E. Savage, of Kentucky, then residing at
Clinton, Mo. Having been admitted to the bar
in April, 1872, he came to Texas the following
November and settled at Paris, Texas, wliere he
has-since resided and risen to distinction in his
At the Paris bar he found it necessary to meet
such eminent lawyers as J. W. Throckmorton, T. J.
Brown, M. L. Sims, R. R. Gaines, W. H. Johnson,
R. H. Taylor, W. B. Wright and S. B. Maxey,
men who not only enjoyed State-wide but national
reputations, and not only held his own but soon rose
to be a recognized equal of theirs. No lawyer in
Texas has had a more varied practice, or been
more successful. He has been of counsel in some
of the most celebrated civil and criminal cases
tried in the State during the last twenty years. He
and Chief Justice Gaines were copartners when the
latter was elected to the Supreme Bench.
In 1877 he married Miss Jennie E. Blair, who is
a descendant on her mother's side from the family
of which the heroic Travis was a scion. They
have five children living, three sons and two
He was elected chairman of the Democratic Executive
Committee of Texas at the Dallas convention
The year in which this book is being prepared
for publication and will issue from the press (1896)
is one of political storm. A crisis is upon the
country that must be patriotically met and overcome,
if a long train of evils that threaten it are to
be avoided. For many years past, in fact since the
days of reconstruction, the Democratic party has
embraced within its ranks a heterogeneous mass
of individuals, many of whom were attracted to its
standard in the dark days that followed the war
between the States by reason of the fact that it
stood for honest, responsible government and had
undertaken the task of restoring the reins of government
to the hands of the people, but are now,
when that oblject has been long since attained, no
longer Democrats in anything except the name.
Quite a number of this class have drifted into the
Populist and into other parties. Another and
more dangerous element in the party has b)een one
whose motto has been " rule or ruin," leld b, disgruntled
in(livitduals whose political arnlitions have
been disappointed, and
who, actuated 1by malice
and a spirit of revenge, because the rank and( file of
the party would not submit to their (lictation, first
became bolters and have since drifted into the condition
of political brigands, and followers of McKinley.
In the early part of this year they and their leaders
loudly proclaimed that they were the only true
Democrats and that they intended to sec that their
declarations and principles were engrafted in the
State platforms to be promulgated by the party in
the approaching campaign. The prospect at that
time was that they would remain within tlhe organization,
confuse and darken its counsels and lead to
its defeat in November; but, the Democratic party,
it almost seems providentially, had for its chairman
of the State Executive Committee, a man of
high ability, unflinching courage, inflexibility of
purpose and that capacity for generalship that in
all ages has characterized those commanders who
have led bodies of men in hours of supreme peril
(when disaster threatened from every quarter) to
victory. Owing to the prompt and decided action
taken by him and his fellow-members of the committee
(named by some " the Dudley committee ")
the people were given a chance to express themselves
through their ballots at a primary election,
and the result was true Democracy triumphed.
Mr. Dudley delivered the oration for Texas on
Texas day at the Atlanta Exposition, which was
pronounced by the Atlanta Constitu!io "' a gem
of oratory." At the Austin convention of this
year, 1896, the aets of Mr. Dudley as chairman of
the Democratic State Executive Committee were by
resolution endorsed, in the most flattering way.
No man in Texas has ever been more complimented
by a convention. The whole convention, including
a vast concourse of spectators, rose to their feet.
Mr. Dudley is now one of the most conspicuous
figures in publcli ife in this State and has won the
admiration of all the leaders of the party through'
out the country. He has been chosen a member
of the National Democratic Executive Committee.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/287/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .