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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
before him, it appears, had taken note of the fac
that with railroad extension and the consequen
development of the country, these interior lands ha<
greatly augmented in value. He discussed the sub
ject with members of the legislature, and believing
that the State was being literally robbed through i
drowsy indifference on the part of those whose dutj
it was to look after such matters, at once set tc
work to put a stop to it. The outcome was a bill
drawn up by him and introduced in the legislature
by Jack Harris of Galveston, repealing the law.
The bill passed and no more lands were sacrificed.
Dr. Taylor was strongly opposed to secession. He
was family physician to, and a warm personal
friend of Gen. Sam Houston, and shared the opinions
of that hero and statesman on the subject.
When secession was attempted and war followed,
Dr. Taylor's sympathies, however, were fully with
the people of the South and he organized an association
at Austin, to see to the maintenance of the
wives and children of Confederate soldiers, and
gave them, besides, his services as a physician
freely and without charge. Prior to the war he
had accumulated about $100,000. The close of the
struggle found him a comparatively poor man. His
courage and business acumen did not fail him at
this juncture, however. He had great faith in the
ultimate rehabilitation of the country and its rapid
development, and invested all the means that he
could command in Austin city property and realty
in other parts of Texas and did not relax his labors
as a general practitioner. As a result he is now
It one of the wealthiest men in the State. In 1855,
t he connected himself with the First Presbyterian
d church at Austin and did much to keep that then
feeble organization in existence. The officers of
2 the church early manifested their appreciation of
a his zeal and liberality and elected him president of
y the board of trustees. In that capacity he has
done faithful service, giving of his means with
I princely generosity and laboring by day and by
night, in season and out of season, in his Master's
As a professional man, Dr. Taylor deservedly
ranks very high. His opinion in diagnosis, as well
as his aid in prescribing, is valued highly by his
colleagues, and in many difficult cases he is called
in consultation. There are few families in Austin,
or indeed in Travis County, who have not, at some
time or other, had the benefit of his wise counsel
and the benefit of his skill at the bedside of some
loved one. He is uniformly courteous in social
and professional life and in his family is a model
husband and father. He loves his home and his
children, and what leisure time he has, which is
little, he spends with his family. His palatial home,
situated in the center of the city, is an ideal mansion
surrounded by all that is bright and attractive
or ministers to refined enjoyment. His life is one
long record of noble efforts. He is one of the men
who have not only achieved success, but deserved
it. He is admired and beloved by thousands of
people throughout Texas and is a citizen who is an
honor to the State.
S. W. SLAYDEN,
For the subject of this memoir the author has
selected a man who is well known to all Texas, and
who has already made his impress, deep and clear,
upon the times in which he lives. We refer to Mr.
S. W. Slayden, of Waco, president of the State
Celjtral Bank, and secretary of the Slayden-Kirksey
Woolen Mills of Waco, Texas; vice-president of
the Dallas Cotton Mills of Dallas, Texas, and the
Manchester Cotton Mills, of Forth Worth, Texas.
He was born in Graves County, Ky., July 22, 1839.
His father, Mr. T. A. Slayden, was born in
Virginia in 1819, and moved to Kentucky in 1830,
and was a merchant and planter who controlled
large business interests.
Mr. T. A. Slayden married Miss Letitia Ellison
Beadles. also a native of Virginia, daughter of Mr.
William G. Beadles, at the time of her marriage a
wealthy planter in Kentucky.
Of this union six children were born, five of
whom are now living. Mr. T. A. Slayden died at
Mayfield, Ky., in 1869, and his wife in New
Orleans, La., in 1874.
The subject of this memoir, S. W. Slayden, was
the second of their children; secured an academic
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