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INDIAN WARS AN.D PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
CHARLES L. COYNER,
Charles Luther Coyner, one of the most brilliant
and successful lawyers in West Texas, and a man
who has acquired some distinction as a newspaper,
literary and political writer of merit, was born in
Augusta County, Va., February 8th, 1853, in the
old stone house built by his grandfather in 1740.
His parents were Addison H. and Elizabeth Coyner.
His mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Brown.
Mr. Coyner is descended from Archibald, Duke of
Argyle, and Governor Roane, who served at different
times as Governor of North Carolina and
Tennessee. The family has been traced back as
far as 1620, members of it distinguishing themselves
in the Thirty Years War. Three representatives
(from Virginia) were officers in the Revolutionary
War that severed the American Colonies from Great
Britain, and three in the War of 1812, and in the
war between the States, one company, alone, from
Augusta County, contained twelve Coyners, all
good soldiers. The Coyner family is the most
numerous in the valley of Virginia and especially
in Augusta County, where over seven hundred
members reside and one hundred and forty register
as Democratic voters,--there is not a Readjuster
Mr. Coyner has a brother who was Captain of
Company D., Seventh Virginia Cavalry, Army of
Northern Virginia, and who was killed in battle
September 13, 1863.
The subject of this notice received his education
in local district schools and at Forest Academy.
He came to Texas in the autumn of 1877, located at
Kaufman, read law under Hon. A. A. Burton, minister
at one time from the United States to Chili.
He was admitted to practice in the district and
inferior courts of the State of Kaufman, Texas, in
1877, and in the Supreme Court at Tyler soon
Mr. Coyner now resides at San Diego and was
County Attorney of Duval County from 1886 to
1895, when he resigned to accept the office of
County Judge of that County. He went back to
Augusta County, Virginia, on a visit, and, January
3, 1884, married Margaret, youngest daughter of
Dr. Wm. R. Blair, of that county. Mrs. Coyner is
descended from the family of Blairs, one of whom
founded William and Mary College, Virginia. One
of the family of Blairs was Governor of Virginia in
1768, and another was appointed, by Washington,
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the
Mr. and Mrs. Coyner have no children. Mr.
Coyner was secretary of the Democratic Executive
Committee of Duval County for eight years and
held the chairmanship of that body from 1892 to
1894. He has been a delegate to every Democratic
State Convention held since he made his home in
Texas and has been one of the most active and
effective workers who have secured party success
in his section of the State. He has often been
urged to accept the nomination for and election to
the Legislature, but has in each instance declined,
preferring to devote himself to his large and lucrative
law practice and having no desire to accept any
reward, in the way of political preferment, for the
yeoman service which he has willingly and patriotically
rendered in the interest of good government.
He was appointed County Judge of Duval County,
without any effort upon his part, having made no
application for the position. He was appointed
County Judge of Duval County April 17th, 1895,
and now holds that office. He received the unanimous
vote of the Commissioners' Court, the appointing
power, and resigned the office of County
Attorney. His term expires in the fall of 1896.
One of the highest compliments ever paid Judge
Coyner was the indorsements he received from
Governor Jas. S. Hogg, Hon. Horace Chilton,
ex-Governor Hubbard and others, for appointment
by President Cleveland to the office of Third Auditor
of the United States Treasury, an office that he
would have filled with credit to himself and to the
State of Texas. He has made a fortune at the bar
and stands deservedly high in his profession. He
is a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic
Fraternity and Independent Order of Odd-Fellows.
While owner of the Athens Journal and part owner
of the Henderson County Narrow Gauge, both
published at Athens, he acquired a State-wide
reputation as a polished, trenchant and able writer,
to which he has since added by contributions to
some of the leading magazines of the country.
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