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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
good managament to largely repair the financial
losses he had sustained. Desiring a more extensive
field in which to operate, he moved to Galveston in
1866, and engaged in the commission business with
W. B. Wall, under the firm name of Burnett Texas Houston, East owned a considerable amount of stock
in the companies, helped negotiate the sale of their
bonds, and in every practical and legitimate way
exerted himself to put them upon a sound and
prosperous financial basis. He was also one of the
original projectors of the International Railroad
Company, helped to secure its charter and, finally,
assisted in effecting its consolidation with the
Oscar H. (a Brazos valley planter), died in Houston,
Texas, Novembet 9, 1895, aged forty-one
years; and Mrs. Ellen B. Ross, resides in Galveston.
Mrs. Burnett died in 1886. Col. Burnett is still in
the full vigor of physical health and mental strength
and continues actively engaged in business pursuits.
He has shown himself to be a financier of
uncommon ability. His social qualities are most
agreeable, leading to pleasant and lasting friendships.
His path of life has stretched across one of
the most remarkable periods of American, or for
that matter, human history--a period that has
witnessed the extension of the territory of the
United States to the Pacific Ocean, the admission
of Texas to the Union, a Civil War that has no parallel
in ancient or modern times, the building of
towns and cities in what, less than a generation
ago, it was thought would forever remain an
unbroken wilderness, the construction of hundreds
of thousands of miles of lines of telegraph and railway,
and many strange and undreamed of inventions
that have greatly altered and added to the
comfort of daily life. He has not passed through
these shifting and stirring scenes as a curious or
idle onlooker, but as a member of the pioneercorps,
moving at the front and blazing the way for
others to follow. His life has formed a thread in
the warp and woof of the history of the times
through which he has lived, and maybe studied
with profit by men of a younger generation.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/400/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .