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 Robert Byron Rentfro

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Robert Byron Rentfro

Birth
Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Dec 1901 (aged 49)
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA
Burial Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 32477793 View Source
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Houston Daily Post, 12/27/1901:
Colonel R. B. Rentfro.
A Sketch of the Brownsville Lawyer, Recently Dead.
Corpus Christi, Texas, December 26.- The death of Colonel R. B. Rentfro of Brownsville, which occurred at the St. James hotel, in this city, Saturday night, removes one of the best known lawyers, politicians and citizens of the lower Rio Grande section.
Robert B. Rentfro was a native Texan, being born at Huntsville on June 21, 1852. He was highly educated and at an early age entered the practice of law in Montgomery county, being appointed a member from that county of the constitutional convention, held at Austin in 1875. He was afterward married to Miss Laura Linton of Montgomery, after which he removed to Brownsville, where he resumed the practice of his chosen profession in 1880. He was appointed collector of customs of the Brownsville district by President Harrison and served his full term of four years, making an efficient and worthy official. He also served for several years as a member of the legislature from the Brownsville district. He was one of the leading republican politicians of the Rio Grande country, and was several times urged to enter the congressional contests as a candidate. He was a fine lawyer, eloquent orator and used forcible argument. Several weeks ago he came here to attend district court and was attacked with carbuncles of the left side of his face and base of the brain, for which an operation was performed. Since undergoing this acute operation his condition had been precarious and his life despaired of, becoming unconscious Tuesday evening and remaining so until his demise.
He leaves one sister, three sons and three daughters to mourn his loss, all of whom had been summoned and were present at his bedside during his illness. His wife died in Galveston in 1900. His remains were shipped to Brownsville this morning, accompanied by the bereaved relatives and several friends.


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