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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
always espousing the right side of an issue, is a
thorough master of the tactics of political warfare,
has done yeoman service for the cause of Democracy
in every campaign that has been fought
before the people since coming to Texas, has in
every respect come up to the full measure of
enlightened, progressive and patriotic citizenship;
is kind, affable, and foremost in every good work
that has in view the betterment of social conditions
and the prosperity of his adopted city and State,
and, consequently, is esteemed and respected by
all, and has many sincere and devoted friends, not
only in Austin and Texas, but wherever he is
J. C. HODGES,
Hon. Jacob Calvin Hodges was born near
Boone, N. C, on the 25th day of December,
1849, and grew to manhood on the farm. In
consequence of the war between the States, in
which his father and elder brother participated, his
opportunities for obtaining an education were
In 1870 he obtained license to practice law and
soon after came to Texas, stopping a short time at
Jefferson, from whence he went to Pittsburg, Texas,
where he engaged in the practice of his profession.
In the spring of 1875 he went to Paris, Texas,
where he has since resided and been actively engaged
in the practice of law and has won a distinguished
position at the bar. Learned in the law,
and a powerful and persuasive speaker, he has been
unusually successful as an advocate.
In politics he has always been a Democrat and
has been outspoken upon every political question,
State and national, that has come before the people,
and has taken an active and aggressive part in every
campaign waged by his party since he came to the
State. He was elected County Attorney of Lamar
County in 1878 and re-elected in 1880 and was an
elector at large on the Cleveland ticket in 1892.
He is justly regarded as a tower of Democratic
strength in North Texas and few men in the State
have labored more zealously and effectively in the
cause of good government.
This veteran Texian was born in Fayette County,
Penn., in 1798, was reared' in his native State to
about the age of ten, when he went to Arkansas,
where he met and, at about the age of twentytwo
married Miss Mary Crownover, daughter of
John Crownover, in company with whom and a
brother, Andrew Rabb, he came to Texas in 1822,
as a member of Austin's colony, but later moved on
to the Colorado, into what is now Fayette County,
taking up his abode on the prairie, which bears his
name, and there built on the banks of the Colorado
one of the first grist mills ever erected in Texas,
known as "' Rabb's Mill." He received from the
government a grant of a league of land as a bonus
for this enterprise and by means of it became, in a
very substantial manner, one of the first benefactors
of the settlers of that section. He subsequently
built and owned a number of mills in that locality,
the last of which was a saw and grist mill combined,
the product of which went all over Central and
Southwest Texas. He was a resident, at different
times, of Fayette, Fort Bend and Hill counties and
finally, in 1860, moved to Travis County, settling
at Barton Springs, near the city of Austin, where
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