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LNDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
only involved the administration of the affairs of
the Agricultural and Mechanical College but also
of the Prairie View State Normal School. During
President Rose's administration of the affairs of
these institutions the Board was liberally supplied
with money by the State for their extension and
development, and these funds have been most wisely
spent in building dormitories, professors' residences,
steam laundry, electric light plant, and
other essential buildings. All this has drawn
largely upon Maj. Rose's time and energy,
and the great value of his services to the State
and the cause of education is inestimable. He
is still retained in that position to the present
In 1895 Mr. Rose was appointed by Governor
Culberson Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance,
Statistics and History, a position which involves
great responsibility and labor.
Maj. Rose is strictly a thorough-going man of
affairs, and has filled the numerous positions of
trust that have been thrust upon him with marked
fidelity to duty in the broad sense that he has ever
interpreted it. While he is a Democrat, he has
never pursued politics as an occupation, never
sought office, but has responded to the call of public
trust from a sense of duty, and has performed
these duties of office in every instance with credit
to himself and satisfaction to the public. His name
will live prominently in the history of Texas as that
of a public benefactor who filled his mission in life
faithfully and with honor to himself and his people.
Maj. Rose still continues his farming operations at
his home, Salado.
N. L. NORTON,
Col. Norton came to Texas when the State was ii
the throes of reconstruction, and when her whol<
people were in mourning for their dead on a hun
dred fields. He soon became known as a potenl
factor in the material development of the commonwealth,
and a staunch defender of the natural and
constitutional rights of the people and of the cause
of honest, accountable government.
N. L. Norton was born near Carlisle, Nicholas
County, Ky., April 18th, 1830. His father was
Hiram Norton, a successful business man, whose
father, John Norton, was the son of a retired British
naval officer who had settled in Virginia prior
to the War for Independence, and at the outbreak
of hostilities equipped his five sons for the service
of the colonies. One of these sons died on the
English prison-ship stationed in Charleston harbor.
Another was a sergeant in Washington's body-guard
and stood near his chief at the surrender of Cornwallis
at Yorktown. He was afterwards a field
officer in the several Indian campaigns of Harmer,
St. Clair, Clark and Wayne. His nephew, Capt.
James Norton, oldest brother of Hiram, the father
of Col. N. L. Norton, was killed at the battle of
Tippecanoe, while serving under Gen. Harrison.
Col. Norton's mother was a Miss Spencer, a
daughter of a Revolutionary sire, and a granddaughter
of Thomas Spencer, who commanded a
n brigade of Scottish rebels at the disastrous battle
e of Culloden in 1746, in which he was wounded and
captured. He barely escaped the block, to which he
t had been condemned, through the connivance of
British officials. Fleeing to America he settled in
Virginia, and subsequently removed to Bourbon,
now Clark, County, Ky.
Col. Norton took the log school house course
near the old home and, later, attended Fredonia
Academy, in Western New York, and the Military
Institute, in Kentucky.
He was married in 1853 to Miss Mary C. Hall, a
daughter of John Hall, an honored citizen of the
same county. The young couple moved to
Missouri, where they encountered many of the
inconveniences and trials incident to farm life in
that State nearly half a century ago. When the
war between the States became inevitable, the
young farmer recognized that it was the citizen's
duty to maintain his allegiance to the State which
guaranteed his civil rights; and, although strongly
opposed to secession, denied even more bitterly the
right of coercion and promptly obeyed the call of
the legally elected Governor, and organized one of
the first companies raised north of the Missouri
river for the defense of the State. He served in
various capacities and grades of rank, and enjoyed
the special confidence of his Commander, Gen.
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