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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
nature that he was often embarrassed in his pecuniary
affairs. Like Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Monroe
and many other great men, he not unfrequently felt
the iron pressure of ' Res Augusta domi.' It may
be stated as creditable to his integrity that in the
midst of corruption and speculation, he lived and
died in poverty.
"' He wasinmany respects a remarkable man. He
possessed a wonderful hold upon the affections of
the masses, over whose passions and sympathies his
control was unbounded. The reckless daring of
his own character contributed largely to this influence.
This, aided by a generous, unselfish spirit
and captivating manners, made him wherever known
the idol of the people. Inacessible to threats or
bribes, he was an upright and honest judge, who
who unflinchingly administered the law. In Congress
and the Legislature he had no selfish purpose
to subserve; he was therefore the able and watchful
guardian of the people's rights. His intercourse
with his brethren of the bar was marked by great
courtesy. Toward the younger members he ever
extended a helping hand and breathed a kind word
of encouragement. The writer is but one of hundreds
who remember gratefully the kindness extended
to them in (lays past by Judge Williamson.
The eloquence of Judge Williamson more nearly
resembled that of John Randolph than of any other
"' When fully aroused there was a fire and vigor
in his speech that surpassed description. True,
there was quaintness and eccentricity, but it was
all stamped with the originality and power of
"' He was not only a wit of the first class, but a
humorist also; and, like all great humorists, he
bore a burden of melancholy which was only
heightened by these sudden sallies, as the storm
clouds are illumined by the sheet lightning.
"' In an appeal to the people and as an advocate
before the jury he was unsurpassed.'
"And now, gentlemen of the Senate, with a loving
heart, and with filial pride most commendable, his
son, born amid the stirring scenes which demonstrated
his father's greatness, presents this picture
to the State to adorn the walls of this chamber.
As a work of art it speaks for itself and reflects
luster upon the artist, but as a picture of a grand
patriot it is meet and proper that every child of
Texas who may hereafter study our history should
look upon that face and draw therefrom inspiration
of that patriotism which loved Texas more than all
things else, and never faltered in the defense of
her rights or the protection of her honor.
"( Men may come and men may go but in all the
tide of time and amid the splendor of a mature
development Texas will never have a more devoted
son nor one who served her more unselfishly than
Robert M. Williamson.
" In the approaching struggle of the people for
supremacy over the grasp and greed of capital,
would to God that another ' Three-legged Willie'
could appear upon the scene as a great tribune of
" God will take care of the liberties of this people,
and circumstances will evolve the valiant defender
of the true faith, endowed from on high with a
courage and sagacity equal to the occasion and an
honesty of purpose to which the howling demagogue
of to-day is an entire stranger."
JOHN N. METCALF,
John N. Metcalf, sheriff of Bosque County,
Texas, was born in Scott County, Miss., in 1855.
He was the second in a family of six children born
to A. W. H. and Ann (Liverman) Metcalf. His
parents were natives of Alabama.
His paternal grandfather, A. H. Metcalf, moved
from North Carolina to Tennessee, from Tennessee
to Alabama and thence to Mississippi; was a pioneer
in those States and being a very firm, public-spirited
and popular man was elected to and served with
distinction in their respective legislatures; fought
as an officer under Gen. Jackson at the battle of
New Orleans in 1815, and died in Mississippi about
the year 1854, after a long and useful career.
A. W. H. Metcalf was a farmer and also figured
in public life in Mississippi, serving as County
Clerk and County Judge and filling other offices.
Died on his farm in Mississippi in 1863.
The subject of this biographical notice was reared
in Mississippi; moved to Texas in 1876 and located
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