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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
cational provision for a large family of children.
He is spoken of by those who know him best in
terms of sincere respect, being regarded as a good
citizen, beloved neighbor, earnest, liberal, progressive
and charitable without stint. Naturally he has
a warm place in his heart for his old comrades and
he in turn has been the recipient of many marks of
esteem at their hands. He was chiefly instrumental
in organizing the first camp of Confederate veterans
at Navasota, the camp being being named for him but
afterwards changed at his suggestion to '' Camp W.
G. Post" in honor of the memory of one of its deceased
members. At the general reunion of the
Confederate Veterans of the United States, of Houston,
in May, 1895, he was elected Commander of
the Division of Texas, which position he is now
In politics Maj. Boone is a Democrat
Democrat"-but not of the variety of
which the public has heard so much in recent years.
His confession of faith excludes all of the sumptuary
and paternal schemes of legislation which have
recently been paraded under the banner of " Jeffersonian
Democracy." He believes in local selfgovernment
and in the fullest measure of personal
freedom consistent with the public good. The elevation
of the citizen
opportunity for the highest
possible development of the individual
his judgment, be the true end of popular government,
and this is to be attained not by ever-recurring
appeals to the law-making bodies of the land
nor by the practice of any form of political fetishism,
but by the unwearing exertion of the individual
himself under a government that guarantees to him
but one equality, namely, equality before the law.
He has always held himself in readiness to work for
his party and has done it good service in times past.
Such service, it may be added, has sprung from his
interest in the men and measures of his choice and
not from any expectation of reward. The exacting
duties of a laborious profession and the claims of
family to which he is devoted with rare fidelity long
since shut out any hope he may have entertained of
a public career.
F. R. GRAVES,
Russell Graves, a prominent planter of Lowndes
County, Ala., came to Texas in 1838 with his
family and located near where the town of Huntsville
now stands, in what was then Montgomery
(now Walker) County, and three years later returned
to Shelby County, where he was (as a
regulator) an active participant in the war waged
for many years between the regulators and the
moderators. Here Frank R. Graves, the subject
of this notice, was born on his father's farm in
1852. He was principally educated in the common
schools of Ellis County, his parents moving to that
county and settling near Red Oak in 1857. His
mother, Mrs. Esther G. Graves, died in 1865 and
in the following year the remaining members of the
family moved to Montgomery County, Ala., and
lived there until 1875, when they came back to
Ellis County, Texas.
Frank R. Graves was united in marriage to Miss
Amanda Ryburn, at Waxahachie, in 1878, and soon
after went to Alvarado, Johnson County, where he
engaged in the hardware business. They have
three children: Davy, Esther and Frank.
In the fall of 1882 Mr. Graves failed in
the hardware business, came to Austin with his
family in 1883 and in September of that year
entered the law department of the State University.
When he reached Austin, he had only sixty-five
dollars in money, a wife and three children. He
sold books in the afternoons and during vacations
to earn enough to meet expenses and succeeded in
supporting himself and family. He attended the
University eighteen months and was admitted to
the bar at the December Term of the District Court
in 1884. While a member of the senior law class
he was elected County Attorney of Karnes County,
in January, 1885, by the Commissioners' Court of
that county, having been, without his knowledge,
recommended by friends who had learned his worth.
He held the position for four years and made a
reputation that afterward brought him a large and
lucrative practice. He has for many years been
upon one side or the other of nearly every important
case tried in his section of the State.
Mr. Graves was elected to the Twenty-second
Legislature in 1890 from the Eighty-second Repre
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