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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
right in 1848. His maternal grandfather, Hayes,
was one of the earliest settlers at St. Louis, Mo.,
and once owned and lived upon the ground now
covered by the famous St Louis stock-yards.
Mr. Thomas has six children living, and is a well
and favorably known citizen. He has for years
acted as Deputy Sheriff and Hide and Animal Inspector
of Brazoria County.
CHARLES A. CULBERSON,
Charles A. Culberson, Governor of Texas, was
born at Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, Ala., and is
about thirty-eight years of age. He is a son of
Hon. D. B. Culberson, ex-Congressman from the
Fourth Texas District, and has inherited the intellectual
strength and forensic genius of his distinguished
father. His mother is a lady of rare
intelligence and is a daughter of Dr. Allen Kimbal,
of Alabama. His parents removed from Alabama
to Gilmer, Texas, in 1858, and from that place, in
1861, to Jefferson, where they have since resided.
The subject of this sketch attended the common
schools in Jefferson, the high school of Prof.
Morgan H. Looney, at Gilmer, and in 1870 entered
the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, Va.,
from which he graduated in the class of 1874.
Until 1876 he studied law in his father's office and
then entered the law department of the University
of Virginia, where he remained a year. He was
chosen Judge of the moot court, the highest honor
of the law class, and in 1877 was selected as the
final orator of the Jefferson Literary Society. In
1878 he was admitted to the bar and soon participated
in the trial of a number of important cases,
acquitting himself in a manner that gave him a high
character at the bar. In 1882 he defended Le
Grand (charged with murder and indicted under
the ku-klux law) in the Federal District Court at
Jefferson. Le Grand was convicted and the case
was appealed to the Circuit Court. Culberson
attacked the constitutionality of the ku-klux law;
contended that the Federal courts had no jurisdiction
to try Le Grand, and supported his views with
such learning and logic that Justice Woods, who
presided over the.Circuit Court, agreed with him,
reversed the verdict and sentence rendered below,
ordered that the defendant be discharged from
custody and declared the ku-klux law unconstitutional.
The United States Supreme Court afterward, in
other cases, passed upon the ku-klux law and
followed the decision of Justice Woods, fully
concurring with him. This was quite a victory for
the young attorney, and he pushed on with
redoubled zeal toward a place in the front ranks of
While not disregardful of social duties, he never
abandoned the habit of study that he had acquired
at college, continued to burn the midnight lamp,
and dug deeper into the rich mine of the law,
gathering into the well ordered storehouse of his
disciplined mind its priceless treasures. He was
elected County Attorney of Marion County in 1880,
but his professional engagements multiplied so
rapidly that he resigned the office after discharging
its duties for a short time. He was nominated for
the Legislature by the Democracy of that county
in 1882, but declined to accept the honor and continued
to build up a lucrative practice. Four
years since he removed to Dallas, where he is a
member of the well-known law firm of Bookhout
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