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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Judge Masterson is a Knight Templar and Past
Master of Holland Lodge No. 1, Ancient Order of
Free and Accepted Masons (Houston), of which
Presidents Sam Houston and Anson Jones had been
masters. He has been Captain-General and Generalissimo
of Ruthven Commandery No. 2, chairman
of the committee of Foreign Correspondence
of the Grand Commandery, and is a member of the
committee of Grievances and Appeals of the Grand
Lodge of Texas and of the Knights of Honor
and German Turn Verein. He was baptized and
reared in the Episcopal Church, of which Mrs. Masterson
was also a member. Judge Masterson was
married in Galveston, Texas, January 17, 1865, to
Miss Sallie Wood, a native of Galveston, daughter
of E. S. Wood, the noted hardware merchant of that
city. She graduated at Miss Cobb's Seminary in
her native city. Mrs. Masterson died in 1890.
Four children were born of this union, all at Galveston:
James Roane, Annie Wood, Lawrence Washington
(died in 1891), and Mary Heard Masterson.
The life of the gentleman whose biography is
here briefly sketched demonstrates the value of
perseverance and determination to succeed in the
face of what seem to be insurmountable obstacles.
Deprived of school in early life, learning from
books only what a mother could teach amid a multiplicity
of household cares incident to the rearing
of a large family, and starting without any capital,
but having ambition and energy, he has not only
earned a high position professionally, and an honorable
name among men, but also a considerable fortune.
He is now reckoned among the wealthy
men of Houston. In 1879 when the Court of Commissioners
of Appeals was established, twenty-six
out of the thirty State Senators, the LieutenantGovernor
and a large number of Representatives
signed a recommendation, or request, to the Governor
to appoint him one of the judges of that court.
This paper was sent to Judge Masterson with the
expectation and desire that he would present it to
the Governor, who would hardly have hesitated to
comply with the wish of the petitioners and place
him on the bench. The recommendation was never
delivered to the Governor, however, as Judge Masterson
did not want the place, although, in point of
dignity, it is equivalent to a seat on the supreme
bench. As a further evidence of the high esteem
in which he is held by his fellow-countrymen of all
parties, it may be stated that at the Democratic
district convention held at Houston, July 30, 1880,
he was unanimously renominated for Judge of the
Twenty-first District, and the Independent convention
indorsed him with equal unanimity, and he
was re-elected, beating his Republican opponent
over three thousand votes, out of a total of seven
thousand, and leading the Democratic State ticket
twenty-five hundred votes. On the bench he knows
neither Democrat nor Republican. His undoubted
integrity of character, his knowledge of law, his
quick perceptions, his decided convictions, the
urbanity of his manners and the care with which he
studiously avoids wounding the feelings of others,
are traits that account for his great popularity. He
is a shrewd business man, commanding the respect
and receiving the confidence of the community in
his financial transactions.
His life will bear microscopic inspection, whether
as an officer or a citizen. He is a close observer of
men and things and a hard student in his profession,
a man worthy of the trust reposed in him in
all his relations of citizens, Christian, lawyer and
He is a man of spare build, being only five feet
seven inches in height, and weighing only one hundred
and forty-six pounds. His complexion is
fair, his eyes greyish-blue, and forehead high and
intellectual. He is quick spoken, and his manner
is frank and affable.
In January, 1893, Judge Masterson resumed the
general practice of his profession.
SAMUEL E. HOLLAND,
Samuel Eli Holland was born in Merriweather
County, Ga., December 6th, 1826, and came
to Texas in 1846, having been preceded by his
parents, John R. and Elizabeth Holland, who came
in 1841. In April, 1847, he went to Austin and
entered the United States army as a soldier in
Samuel Highsmith's Company, Sixth Texas Cavalry
(Jack Hay's Regiment), and with that command
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/359/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .