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INDIAN WVARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
"at the last gasp." It was a time when timid
men remained silent and inactive, waiting fearfully
for the end; when men who were esteemed bold
spoke in bated whispers. Yet in those dark and
stormy days the South and Southern rights were
not without defenders at the seat of government,
at the point from which all danger was
to be apprehended. They raised their voices in
the halls of Congress and offered a brilliant
opposition which has few parallels in parliamentary
history and, in the face of which the
party in power did not dare to advance to the
carrying out of its nefarious purposes. The tempest
broke its force against the breasts of this devoted
band, who threw themselves between its fury
and a defeated, plundered, disfranchised and
defenseless people. Never were a people and a
people's interests more faithfully represented. Col.
Giddings moved conspicuous in all these engagements.
He made a record that entitles him to the
gratitude of every Texian,every Southern man, every
lover of constitutional freedom, and that entitles his
name to a place in the long roll of honor which it is
the purpose of this volume to record upon the pages
of the State's history. As a lawyer he ranks deservedly
high in his profession. It was in this
capacity that he rendered the State signal service.
During the war Texas had sent $300,000.00 of
United States bonds to Europe to be sold and the
proceeds applied to the buying of arms and supplies.
Part of them had been sold and proceeds
partly used when the fall of the Confederacy came.
The bonds and money not used were deposited with
bankers. Payment of interest being refused by
the United States on the bonds that had been sold,
the holder of the bonds attached the unsold bonds
and enjoined the bankers against paying the money
on deposit to the State of Texas.
Several lawyers had been engaged to recover this
property, but their efforts were fruitless. Governor
Coke during his first term as Governor, appointed
J. D. and D. C. Giddings as agents in the matter
for the State. They took the case, and after much
work and a trip to Europe, Col. Giddings brought
back and turned over to the State the sum of $339,000.
As a banker and business man he has evinced
sagacity, liberality and public spirit, conducting his
financial ventures to a successful issue and aiding,
with expenditure of time, influence and money, all
worthy enterprises inaugurated for the benefit of
the community and section in which he lived. Col.
Giddings is still mentally and physically vigorous.
Ripe in experience, full of years and honors. he
is pursuing the quiet tenor of his useful life
surrounded by loving friends and enjoying the
respect and confidence of a people whom he has
served faithfully and well in time of peace and
GEORGE W. BURKITT,
Parton, who was America's most celebrated biographical
writer, once said, "Give me the facts concerning
the lives of the active and useful men of a
commonwealth and I will produce from them its
entire history," thus emphasizing the fact that the
busy, active men, are the history-makers. To this
number belongs the subject of this notice.
He was born in County Derry, Ireland, November
12, 1847; came to America early during the
war between the States; worked on a farm at
Morris, Il1., and then sought and found employment
with a contracting firm who were engaged in
grading on the road-bed of the Union Pacific Railway;
drove a team for them for about two months,
when he was put in charge, as foreman, of a gang
of men and continued in that capacity for about
five months; tlen resigned that position, purchased
a team and worked on the grade east and west of
Salt Lake, in the Green river valley, thereby increasing
his income to five dollars per day; remained
on the work until the grade was completed
in 1869; then sold his team and went to Junction
City, Kan., and engaged in subcontracting on the
Missouri, Kansas then came to Texas and
continued in the same line of business at Longview
on the Texas next was a subcontractor on the
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