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INDIAN WIARS AND PIONEERS OF' TEXAS.
SAM. BRONSON COOPER,
S. B. Cooper was born in Caldwell County, Ky.,
May 30th, 1850. His parents, Rev. A. H. and
Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper, came to Texas in December,
1850, and located at Woodville. His mother
is still living. Mr. Cooper attended local schools
and secured a common English education.
His father died in 1853, and the subject of this
sketch was reared by an uncle, Sam. S. Frazer, who
was very kind to him.
At sixteen years of age Mr. Cooper secured a
clerkship in a general store at Woodville, and soon
displayed those qualities that have since made his
life honored and successful. The war left his uncle
old and without means. Mr. Cooper, out of his
earnings, supported his uncle and mother. He
read law at night for a number of years, was admitted
to the bar in January, 1872, and became a
member of the law firm of Nicks, Hobby the leasing of grazing lands for short
terms, and sales of timber for cash, holding the fee
in the State. He introduced and advocated a bill
embodying these views, and the main features of
his measure were enacted into a law.
Senator Cooper took an active and prominent
part in all the legislation enacted by the Seventeenth
and Eighteenth Legislatures, and was considered
one of the brainiest men in those bodies.
The reputation earned in the Legislature led to his
nomination and election to the United States Congress
in 1892. He was renominated and elected in
1894, and this year (1896) has been again honored
by renomination and will undoubtedly be re-elected
by his Democratic constituents. He has made a
splendid record in Congress. Each new session
has added to his laurels. His district (the Second)
and thie State of Texas have reason to be proud of
him. He is a Democrat who has stumped his section
of the State in every campaign for years past.
He is a Royal Arch Mason. Mr. Cooper is considered
one of the best lawyers at the bar in this
State, is in the prime of a vigorous manhood, and
will make his influence still more widely felt in the
coming sessions of Congress, at which so much legislation
in the interest of the people is to be enacted.
WILLIAM THOMAS HUDGINS,
Mr. Hudgins was born in Northumberland
County, Va., on January 15th, 1859. He comes
from Revolutionary families of that State. His
grandfather, Col. Thomas Hudgins, of Matthews
County, commanded the defense of the Virginia
Peninsula during the War of 1812. His
maternal grandfather, Dr. William Heath Kirk, of
Lancaster County, was a Baptist minister of great
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/801/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .