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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ber of Judiciary Committee No. 1, and the Committee
on Internal Improvements, committees that
dispatched at least four-fifths of the business transacted
by the House of Representatives. His
appointment to the chairmanship of the House
Finance Committee in the Twentieth Legislature
(being then a new member) was a recognition of
his abilities as high as it was unexpected and well
merited. He performed the important duties of
that position so acceptably that he was retained as
Chairman during his two subsequent terms as a
member of the House. The medical branch of the
State University had been located at Galveston by
popular vote, but no appropriation had been made
to give practical effect to the will of all the people
as expressed at the polls.
In the Twentieth Legislature Mr. Gresham introduced
and, after a desperate parliamentary fight,
secured the passage of an act making the necessary
appropriations. He took an active part in the
deliberations of the three legislatures of which he
was a member and was recognized as a man of
great and varied abilities. Two of the most important
provisions contained in the Railroad Commission
Bill enacted by the Twenty-second Legislatures
were drafted by him and introduced as amendments.
One provides for fixed rates, with a view
to preventing useless cutting, and the other permits
more to be charged for a short than a long haul,
when necessary to prevent manifest injustice.
The splendid record that he made in the Legislature
led to his nomination and election to Congress
by the Democracy of the Tenth District, composed
of nine counties, in 1892. In that position he
added newer and brighter laurels to those that he
had already won. He at once took a position in
the National House of Representatives, seldom
accorded to any new member.
October 28, 1868, he was united in marriage, at
Galveston, to Miss Josephine C. Mann, daughter
of Col. William Mann, one of the early settlers of
Corpus Christi. Mr. and Mrs. Gresham have seven
children: Essie, wife of W. B. Lockhart. County
Judge of Galveston County; Walter, Jr.; Josephine,
T. Dew, Frank, Buelah, and Philip. Mr.
Gresham. although engaged in the conduct of important
affairs, finds time to enjoy the pleasures of
social life. Surrounded by a happy family, he has
made his elegant home in the Oleander City famous
not only for its great architectural beauty, but the
refined and generous hospitality dispensed within
_ . . . .
MARCUS D. HERRING,
Marcus D. Herring, one of the foremost and best
known of the lawyers who grace the Texas bar,
was born in Holmes County, Miss., October 11,
1828, and was reared on a farm. He attended the
Judson Institute at Middleton, Miss., and from
that institution went to Centenary College, Jackson,
La., in 1845, entering the junior class in
languages and the sophomore class in mathematics.
After returning home he taught school, studied
law, was admitted to the bar and located at Shreveport,
La. When he reached that place he had but
five dollars. Nevertheless, he was by no means
discouraged, and set resolutely to work to force his
way to the front.
His first success was in the delivery of a speech
at a Democratic rally that took his auditors by
storm, resulted in bringing him several clients and
paved the way for a lucrative practice. In a short
time he purchased a half interest in the Caddo
Gazette, the leading paper of the place, and conducted
it one year under the firm name of Herring
Herring Coke, Herring Herring,
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/418/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .