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INDIAlN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
He took all the degrees, by dispensation, on that
occasion, and the following week organized a subordinate
lodge at Shelbyville and was elected First
Noble Grand. He has gone through the chairs of
the Grand Lodge of Texas, served as Grand Master
in 1874, and in 1875 was elected representative to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, remaining a member
for ten consecutive years, the most of that time
being Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He
would have been continued a member from Texas
in that Grand Body by acclamation, as he had been
returned after his first election in 1875, but positively
declined, giving as his reason that he intended
to devote all the time he could spare from his professional
engagements, to the establishment of a
Widows' and Orphans' Home. The Texas Odd
Fellow, of July, 1895, speaking of him in this
connection, says: "' In 1885 he voluntarily retired,
but was again elected at Waco in 1894, and is
now one of our Grand Representatives.
" In the sovereign body, and in the Grand Lodge
at home, his fertile brain has impressed itself upon
our legislation, many of our wisest and most wholesome
laws emanating from his pen. The crowning
glory with him, however, is in the fact that he was
the prime mover in the matter of establishing a
Widows' and Orphans' Home in Texas. He was
the author of the first resolution introduced on the
ubject, was chairman of the special committee
hich drafted the plan, wrote the report, and carried
it through the Grand Lodge amid the greatest
enthusiasm. At critical moments, in the history of
that institution, he has been found at his post,
never faltering, never wavering, but ready at all
times to break a lance with any one who attacked the
Object of his love. He even went at his own expense
o the meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at St.
Louis, to press and work for legislation which would
enable the Grand Lodge to provide for ample
revenue with which to support the Home. His missior
Was partially successful, but he continued his
efforts until, at the last meeting of the sovereign
body, in Chattanooga, the principle was clearly laid
at grand jurisdictions have the right to
assess their subordinates for support of widows'
and orphans' homes. For this end he had labored
for years, and the result was most gratifying. It
is now believed that the important question of
maintaining the Home has been solved, and that
every doubt in regard to its triumphant success has
been dispelled. Others have nobly assisted in this
grand work, but Bro. Herring will be accorded the
chief credit by all."
Mr. Herring was married in Waco, Texas, October
7, 1856, to Miss Alice G. Douglass, of Sumner
County, Tenn. Four children were born of this
union: Wm. Douglass, Joseph W.,(died in infancy);
Laura Belle, now the wife of W. H. Bagby, and
Marcus D., Jr.
Soon after the beginning of the war between the
States, Mr. Herring enlisted as a private soldier in
one of the first volunteer companies organized in
Texas for Confederate service, and was soon after
promoted to the rank of Captain. He served three
years and nine months in the field, in the TransMississippi
department. He acted as Major and
Lieutenant-Colonel of his regiment the latter two
years of the war, and a part of that time was in command.
The contest for his rank, on appeal from
Gen. E. Kirby Smith, was pending at Richmond,
Va., when the war ended.
At the close of the war he returned to Waco and
again resumed the practice of his profession, which
he has continued since with eminent success, his
practice extending to all parts of the State. He
has especially distinguished himself in land litigation
and as a criminal lawyer.
Mr. Herring possesses great energy, perseverance
and will-power, and it might be said that when he
has an important case he never sleeps. As an
advocate he is able, earnest and convincing. His
language is easy, chaste and winning.
In private life he is kind-hearted and benevolent.
He is one of the brightest ornaments that adorn his
profession in this State, and there are few cases of
any importance tried in his section in which he is
not retained as leading counsel.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/419/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .