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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
one of the charter members of the Garten Verein
in 1876, and has been a member of the Galveston
Deep Water Committee ever since its organization,
and in 1882 and 1884 went to Washington City and
labored zealously and effectively in the interests of
securing deep water at Galveston.
He has been connected with almost every large
corporation chartered or enterprise inaugurated in
Galveston during the past twenty years, and thus
he is by property as well as social ties identified
with the best interests of the city, for whose welfare
he has worked so unceasingly.
On starting out upon his business career Mr.
Runge inherited some money from his father and
was materially aided by his uncle, Mr. Henry
Runge, of Indianola and Galveston, who advanced
him the necessary capital to secure his admission
to the present firm of Kaufman
acquired his preliminary literary education at
Beaufort, in that State, and completed it at South
Carolina College, graduating with the class of 1859.
The Twenty-first and Twenty-second Sessions of the
Texas State Senate presented a brilliant galaxy of
talent in which his star shone as one of the first
magnitude. He took an active and prominent part
in the legislation enacted by those bodies and few
of his colleagues were more magnetic or able in
debate. He left his impress upon some of the most
salutary laws that were placed upon the statute
Under an act of Congress, passed in 1862, all the
property of his family at Beaufort and in the adjoining
islands was confiscated on account of their
loyalty to the State, made sacred to them by the
nativity and graves of the family for generations.
He volunteered in the Confederate service in 1861,
and served in the Hampton Legion until 1862, when
he was appointed to the first regular artillery
regiment and served during the war at Fort Sumpter
and the posts around Charleston, S. C.
In 1867 he moved to Florida and commenced
the practice of law at Monticello with his brother,
Under the firm name of Simkins at once took
high rank at the bar, and in 1872 was elected District
Attorney of the Thirty-fifth Judicial District.
He was also elected to the Chairmanship of the
Democratic Executive Committee of Navarro
County, which he held until 1877. He was a competitor
for the Democratic nomination for AttorneyGeneral
against Hon. John D. Templeton, in 1879.
In 1882, he was appointed one of the regents of
the University of Texas and was twice re-appointed
and confirmed, In 1884, he was a member of the
National Democratic Convention, representing in
that body the Ninth Congressional District of
Texas. In 1886 he was elected, by a majority of
2,800 votes, to the Twentieth and Twenty-first
Legislatures, from the Fifteenth Senatorial District,
composed of the counties of Navarro, Limestone
Coming to the Senate at a time when popular
prejudice was most rife against the University of
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas / by John Henry Brown., book, 1880~; Austin, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/370/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .