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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
practice at Brenham in partnership with his brother
and pursued it there till 1857, when he moved to
Austin to assist his brother in the discharge of his
duties as Attorney-General of the State and Commissioner
for codifying the laws of Texas. He
remained at Austin about a year when in 1858 he
moved to Marshall and entered into a partnership
with his brother-in-law, Col. Alexander Pope, with
whom he was associated in the practice, except the
period covered by the late war, until 1866. At
that time he moved to Galveston which has since
been his home.
In 1852 Mr. Willie was appointed District Attorney
for the Third Judicial District of Texas which
then comprised the counties of Washington, Bur,
leson, Milam, Bell, McLennan, Falls, Limestone,
Freestone, Robertson and Brazos, and held the
office for six months under this appointment when
he was elected to the same and held it for a term of
two years. In 1861, on the opening of the Civil
War, he offered himself for service in the Confederate
army and was placed on the staff of Gen.
John Gregg with whom he served till that gallant
officer's death, when, after a brief interval, he was
stationed at San Antonio, and there had charge of
the exportation of cotton during the last eleven
months of the war. In 1866 he was elected Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the State for
a term of nine years, but at the end of fifteen
months was removed along with his associates,
George F. Moore, Richard Coke, George W. Smith
and S. P. Donley, by Gen. Griffin, the military
commander of Texas. In 1872 be was elected from
the State at large to the Forty-third Congress and
served his full term but declined a re-election
because he wished to devote himself to the law.
Resuming practice he was actively and exclusively
engaged in it till 1882, when having been made the
nominee of the Democratic party for Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court of Texas, he was elected to
that office and held the same until his resignation
March 3, 1888. Since that time he has not held
any public positions but has given his time and
attention wholly to the practice of his profession
being now senior member of the well-known law
firm of Willie, Campbell
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/460/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .