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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
State, from his eighth year. He received his preliminary
education in local select schools and took
a collegiate course at the East Tennessee University,
at Knoxville, graduating in the spring of
1841, with the degree of A. B. In January, 1842,
he came to Texas and began reading law at Old
Franklin, Robertson County, under the instructions
of James Raymond. He was admitted to the bar
at Boonesville, Brazos County, before Judge R. E.
B. Baylor. in 1845, having read law, taught school,
and hunted Indians during the preceding four
years. He was elected Chief Justice of Brazos
County under the old regime and held the office for
one year. In the spring of 1846 he returned to
Tennessee and brought his father to Texas, settling,
in December of that year, at Springfield, then the
county seat of Limestone County, and then and
there entered upon the practice of his profession.
He was elected Chief Justice of Limestone County
in 1848 and filled the office one term. He continued
in active practice until the opening of the
In the fall of 1861 he raised a company in Limestone
County, was elected its Captain and, as a part
of the North Texas Infantry, entered the Confederate
army, serving until the fall of 1862, when, on
account of an injury received, he was compelled
to resign and come home. He was honorably
discharged from the service on account of this
Resuming the practice of his profession, he became
deeply engrossed in the same, also giving some attention
to farming, until 1873, when he was appointed
by Governor Coke to fill a vacancy in the office of
District Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District,
which vacancy was caused by the death of Judge
Banton. He completed this term, about three years,
at the end of which time the district was changed,
a new one being created out of the counties of
Navarro, Limestone and Freestone, of which he was
elected Judge and served as such four years.
At the close of this term of office Judge Prendergast
retired from public life and gave up the
practice of his profession, to which he had been such
an ornament. He then became interested in the
banking business with Jester Brothers, at Corsicana,
and in February, 1882, in company with L. P. and
J. L. Smith, J. W. Blake and W. B. Gibbs, he
bought out the banking interest of Oliver Fannie, wife of Dr.
R. C. Nettles, of Marlin, Texas; Albert C., a leading
attorney of Waco; Mary, wife of S. H. Kelley,
of Mexia; and Annie, wife of J. R. Neece, of
Judge Prendergast was made a Mason at Springfield,
forty-odd years ago, and has been a zealous
member of the order ever since. He is a prominent
member of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church and was one of the founders of Trinity
University, at Tehuacana Hills, the educational institution
of this Church in Texas, and has been a
member of the Board of Trustees ever since it
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