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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
the foremost men in the county, and all well-to-do.
Mrs. Foster died December 1, 1882.
Thomas C. Foster, A. M., M. D., eldest son of
the preceding, was born in Forsyth, Ga., February
7, 1839. He was brought by his parents to Texas
in 1845, and reared and educated in Washington
County, where he attended Soule University and
Baylor College. His medical education was secured
at the new school of medicine at New Orleans,
La., which institution he was attending at
the opening of the war. He entered the Confederate
army on the commencement of hostilities as a
private in the Tenth Texas Infantry, commanded
by Col. Roger Q. Mills, but was soon made Assistant
Surgeon of the regiment, and served as such
until the general surrender, when he returned to
Texas and engaged in the practice of his profession
and in farming and the stock business, gradually
relinquishing medicine and giving more and more
attention to farming and stock-raising, until these
pursuits have come to occupy his entire time and
attention. He has greatly prospered at both. A
staunch Democrat, he takes great interest in political
matters. Has served as Chairman of the
County Democratic Executive Committee and as a
member and Corresponding Secretary of the National
Democratic Committee. He has attended all
of the county conventions and most of the Congressional
and State conventions for the past twelve
or fifteen years.
In June, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss
Annie Blackshear, a daughter of Gen. Thomas
H. M. GARWOOD,
Hon. H. M. Garwood was born in Bastrop, Texas,
January llth, 1864, and is the son of C. B. and
Mrs. F. B. Garwood. He received a thorough
education at the University of the South, at Sewanee,
Tenn., graduating with the class of 1883.
After leaving college he selected the practice of
law as his profession, and under the guidance of
Hon. Joseph D. Sayers, Congressman from the
Tenth District, prepared himself for the bar, to
which he was admitted in November, 1885. He
at once began to practice in Bastrop, has since resided
there and now enjoys a lucrative practice and
occupies a position in the front rank of the legal
profession in Texas. He was elected to the House
of Representatives of the Twentieth Legislature,
and although the youngest member of that body,
took a prominent part in the legislation enacted, and
won for himself not only the confidence and high
regard of his fellow-members but a State-wide reputation.
In the Twentieth Legislature he was a
member of Judiciary Committee No. 2, the Committee
on Constitutional Amendments and, as a
special trust, was put on the special committee to
which all the educational bills of the House were
referred. In 1888 Mr. Garwood was elected
County Judge of Bastrop County and a member of
the State Democratic Executive Committee. In
1890 he was nominated by the Democracy and
elected to the Senate of the Twenty-second Legislature
from the Thirteenth District, composed of the
counties of Fayette, Bastrop and Lea.
He was chairman of the Senate Committee on
Public Buildings and Grounds, and although it is
generally conceded that in no previous Texas Senate
(for many years) were there so many men of brilliant
talents and superior mental strength, he was
considered the peer of the most intellectual and influential
of his colleagues. He is a member of the.
Episcopal Church, Knights Templar Degree in Masonry,
and Independent Order of Odd-Fellows. At
the dedication of the State capitol he was chosen to
deliver the Masonic address, a duty which he discharged
in a manner that fully sustained his reputation
as a finished, forcible and eloquent speaker.
His talents are recognized on every occasion and he
is put forward as a representative man of his section
and people. In the Twentieth Legislature he
was a leading advocate of the creation of a railroad
commission (a pioneer worker in that direction) and
in the Twenty-second Legislature he introduced a
bill providing for the creation of a commission to
regulate the freight and passenger charges of railways
in this State and exercise general supervision
over those corporations. From this bill and the
one introduced by Senator Cone Johnson the Subcommittee
on Internal Improvements prepared the
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