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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
citizen in every respect, and at one time a prominent
candidate for the Legislature, being defeated by
Judge James E. Sheppard by a small majority.
During the secession agitation he indorsed the
opinion of his friend Gen. Sam Houston that
these questions should be settled in the halls of
Congress and at the ballot-box, not on the battle
field, but the conflict once inaugurated, he was
a zealous supporter of the Southern cause, and
cherished a great desire to live and see the result
of the war, but during 1864 his health was
greatly impaired, and after several months of
suffering be died March 15th, 1865, in the 64th
year of his age. Early in the war his two sons
obeyed their country's call and entered the Confederate
service, John C. as Captain of Company
B., Twentieth Texas Infantry, commanded by Col.
H. M. Elmore, and Joseph E. as a private in the
same company. The regiment did duty on the
coast of Texas and was engaged in the celebrated
battle of Galveston
a sharp and hotly contested
affair and one long to be remembered by both sides.
They both continued in the service until the surrender.
Immediately thereafter the brothers John C. and
Joseph E. Wallis, and Henry A. Landes (a
brother-in-law of Joseph E. Wallis) determined
to close out their planting interests in Washington
and Austin counties and form a copartnership
under the style and firm name of Wallis, Landes
the Texas Guarantee director of the
of the Galveston
director of the Gulf City Cotton Press Co.; a member
of the Cotton Exchange; stockholder in nearly
all the corporations of the city and many of the
National Banks of this State, and also some corporations
of the North, and generally a strong
promoter of the new railroad enterprises.
During all his residence in Galveston he has been
closely identified with all its commercial enterprises,
upon which he believes depends the city's success
in the future. He takes but little interest in political
affairs. Since the war he has voted the Democratic
ticket, but previous to that time he was a
Whig, but not old enough to cast a vote against his
relative, James K. Polk, when he was elected President
of the United States. His hand and purse
are always open to worthy charities, and he gives
cheerfully and liberally of his means to all public
enterprises. Naturally modest and retiring in his
disposition, when not occupied in business he prefers
to enjoy the privacy of his comfortable and
beautiful home and the society of his interesting
family. He has never held a membership in any
church, but with his wife is an attendant upon the
Presbyterian and contributes to its support. Their
parents on both sides were Presbyterians in belief
and this is consequently the church of their choice.
Like his early ancestor, the famous Scottish " Wallace
of Elerslie," the first of the name of whom
history gives an account, who lived nearly a thousand
years ago, he is tall and of slight stature, his
eyes are dark grey and his hair. With a strong
constitution, a firm will, temperate habits, good
health and a cheerful temperament, he bids fair to
be spared for many years of business usefulness
and service to the city where his lot is cast.
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