See also:American politician, was
See also:born in
See also:Tennessee, on the 8th of
See also:October 1818 . He removed to
See also:Texas in 1839, was
See also:deputy surveyor of public lands in 1839-1843, was admitted to the
See also:bar in 1846, was a member of the state
See also:House of Representatives in 1849–1848, served as
See also:judge in 1852–1857, and in 1857–1861 was a representative in Congress . His
See also:political views were determined by the ultra-democratic influence of Andrew
See also:Jackson and the state-
See also:sovereignty philosophy of
See also:John C .
See also:Calhoun . In 1861 he was a member of the Texas
See also:convention, served in the Confederate provisional Congress, and on the 6th of
See also:March was appointed postmaster-general in
See also:cabinet . He served in this capacity through-out the war, and for a
See also:time before its close was also acting secretary of the
See also:treasury . He was captured with the Davis party on the loth of May 1865, and was imprisoned in Fort
See also:Warren, Boston
See also:Harbour, until the following October . While in prison he wrote the " Fort Warren
See also:letter " (
See also:August 11th), in which he urged the
See also:people of Texas to recognize their defeat,
See also:civil rights to the freedmen, and try to conciliate the
See also:North . From 1875 to 1887, when he entered the U.S .
See also:Senate, he was again a representative in Congress, and from 1877 almost continuously to the close of his service he was chairman of the
See also:Committee on Commerce, in which capacity he had a prominent
See also:part in securing the passage of the Interstate Commerce
See also:Act of 1887 . He was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1876 . In state politics his sympathies were with the Radicals .
In 1891, believing that his first
See also:duty was to his state, he resigned from the Senate to accept the chairmanship of the newly established state railway commission . In 1901 he retired from public service . From 1899 until his
See also:death he was president of the Texas State
See also:Historical Association . He died at his home, near
See also:Palestine, Texas, on the 6th of March 1905 . See his
See also:Memoirs; with
See also:Special Reference to Secession and the Civil War (New
See also:York, 1906), edited by W . F . McCaleb .
SIR COWASJI JEHANGIR READYMONEY (1812-1878)
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