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INDIAN WARS .JAND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Col. Wynne was most happy and captured the
convention and, though defeated in fact, it was conceded
by all that he snatched victory out of defeat,
and from that day his leadership has been unquestioned.
It was in 1886 that lie was made permanent
president of the State Convention, and added to
his already growing influence by his ability and
tact in controlling men under excitement incident
to a hot political contest.
He has for some years been often spoken of in
connection with the office of Governor of this State;
many of the best citizens and most influential men
of the State would give him an enthusiastic support.
It is conceded by all that should he be elected to
that high position Texas would prosper and progress
under his broad and liberal administration, for no
man is more loyal to his State and people and takes
a deeper interest in their general welfare.
It was in 1883 that Fort Worth gained Col. Wynne
as one of its most valued citizens. He sought a
wider field of usefulness and found it in his present
home, where, at the bar he stands among the foremost,
while from the public he is accorded a large
clientage. His life record is certainly one of interest,
demonstrating what can be accomplished by
resolution, perseverance and strict adherence to
sound business principles. Reared as a farmer,
trained on the field of battle, he entered upon a
struggle to overcome difficulties and obstacles
which would have overwhelmed many a less resolute
man. He then became a leader at the bar and
in the political world of Texas, but through all this
career his bearing has ever been such as to win and
retain the respect of the best citizens of his adopted
J. D. GUINN,
A successful lawyer of New Braunfels, Texas, is
a native of Franklin County, Tenn., born in the
town of Winchester, January 23d, 1853. His
father, N. W. Guinn, was a farmer by occupation.
His mother's maiden name was Elizabeth H. Barnes.
Both parents were natives of Tennessee. They
came to Texas in 1857 and locateJ in Gonzales
County, where the subject of this sketch was reared
and educated under the tutorship of James A. McNeal.
Of the ten children born to N. W. and Elizabeth
Guinn, all hut one survive. He, Harvey H.
Guinn, died at the age of twenty-two years, shortly
after qualifying for the practice of the profession
of medicine. N. W. Guinn was a man of broad
intelligence, believed much in education, and afforded
his children the best schooling facilities at
his command. The subject of this sketch was liberally
educated and at the age of nineteen started
out to fight life's battle for himself and without a
cent of money at his command.
He taught school for one and a half years, and by
this means and also by money earned surveying
lands, of which he acquired much knowledge,
he accumulated sufficient money to defray his expenses
while studying law. He read law for three
years in the office of Gov. John Irelandl, of Seguin.
About the year 1878 he removed to New Braunfels
and opened an office for the practice of his profession.
Here he has since remained, built up a
lucrative practice and won the confidence and esteem
of the entire community. He is public-spirited and,
outside of the profession of law, is interested in
several local enterprises, among the number the
First National Bank of New Braunfels, one of the
solid financial institutions of Southwest Texas, of
which he is a director and vice-president. He is a
warm supporter of education and an active promoter
of all enterprises tending to build up his city and
county. Mr. Guinn married Miss Bettie Howard
Jefferson, a daughter of Gen. John R. Jefferson,
of Seguin, in the year 1882, and has four charming
He is a representative of the best thought and
purpose of his section of the State.
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