Civil War Confederate Brigadier General, Texas Governor. Born Bentonsport, Iowa, he relocated to Texas with his parents when he was an infant. After he graduated from Wesleyan University in Alabama, Sam Houston appointed him a Captain of a company of Texas Rangers. At the start of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army as a Private and quickly rose through the ranks to Colonel in command of the 6th Texas Cavalry. He took part in numerous western campaigns, including Pea Ridge, Corinth, Vicksburg, was promoted Brigadier General in December, 1863 and commanded a brigade in the Atlanta Campaign. After the war, he served as Sheriff of McLennan County and was a member of Texas State Senate in 1880. In 1886, he was elected Governor of Texas and served until 1891.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley Ross