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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Walter Gresham, ex-member of the Texas Legislature,
ex-member of Congress and a widely known
lawyer and financier, was born in King and Queen
County, Va. Although very young at the commencement
of the war, he enlisted as a soldier in
Lee's Rangers, commanded by Gen. W. H. F. Lee,
son of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and afterwards served
in Company H., Twenty-fourth Virginia Cavalry,
and other regiments. He fought under Gen. Jeb
Stewart; was with Stonewall Jackson in 1862; took
part in most of the battles fought by the army of
Northern Virginia, and, at last, stood with the
devoted band that surrendered with Lee at Appomatox.
The Secretary of War of the Confederate
States gave him permission to complete his education
at the University of Virginia. In the summer
of 1863 he graduated from the law department of
that institution, and the following summer rejoined
his command in the field. His grandfather, Thomas
resham, was a noted lawyer of Essex County, Va.
His father, Edward Gresham, studied law and proCured
license; but, possessing a large estate that
required much of his attention, and not being
delendnt upon his labors at the bar, never regular
Practiced his profession. As a result of the
w a' Edward Gresham's fortune was swept away.
Nothing disheartened by the changed prospect that
lay before him, Walter Gresham determined to
move to Texas. He landed at Galveston on the
last day of the year 1866 with only $5.00 in his
Pockets; rented an office and began the practice of
law. His early days were a hard struggle; but,
talent is never without appreciation in an intelligent
community, when conjoined with other elements
of character essential to success, and his rise
at the bar was rapid. He was elected to the
responsible position of District Attorney for
Galveston and Brazoria counties in 1872, served
three years, and left the office with an excellent
record. Early in his professional career Mr.
Gresham was admitted to partnership with Col.
Walter L. Mann and maintained this relation until
Col. Mann's death in 1875. He then practiced
alone until 1878, when he formed a copartnership
with S. W. Jones, Esq., the firm now being
Gresham was a delegate
to the Denver, Colo., Convention, held
later in the same year, and was, also, a delegate to
the Deep Water Convention held at Topeka, Kan.,
in 1889. He was made Chairman of the Special
Committee, appointed by the Topeka Convention
to go to Washington and work to secure favorable
action on the part of the National Congress, looking
to the speedy creation of a deep-water harbor at
the most available point on the Texas coast. He
was indefatigable in his efforts and succeeded in
having an amendment added to the River and Harbor
Bill that was passed by the Fifty-first Congress,
authorizing the Secretary of War to enter into contracts
for the completion of the work (estimated to
cost $6.200,000) necessary to give Galveston one
of the finest harbors on the American sea-board.
He has been an active participant in every movement
looking to the up-building of the interests of
that city and that promised to speed TeXas on to
the achievement of the proud destiny that awaits
to the time when she will stand foremost in
the sisterhood of States.
He represented Galveston in the Twentieth and
Twenty-first Legislatures and the Sixty-fourth District
(Galveston and Brazoria counties), in the
Twenty-second Legislature and in those bodies was
Chairman of the Committee on Finance and a mem
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