Lamar County, Texas
1897 Texas Legislature
Information Concerning Men Connected with Public Affairs in Texas
Robert L. Ross
Senator from the Third Senatorial district, composed of Lamar and Fannin Counties, was born in Paris, Lamar County, Texas, October 8, 1863, the youngest of eleven children (eight of whom now survive and live in North Texas) born to Frank W. and Elizabeth (Wells) Ross. Mr. Frank W. Ross was a farmer by occupation, came to Texas in 1839 from Tennessee, his native state, and died at Paris in 1888, after having lived out an honorable and useful career of nearly fifty years in Lamar County. Mrs. Elizabeth Ross was a daughter of Samuel Wells, of Tennessee. She died at Paris in 1868. Senator Ross graduated from the law department of the University of the City of New York in 1887 and at once entered upon the practice of his profession at Paris, a city that boasts a bar second to none in the state, and soon won his way to the front as a sound and capable lawyer and advocate and forensic speaker. A Democrat by hereditary tradition and personal choice, he has, both as a popular orator and party manager, in more than one campaign, helped to carry defeat into the ranks of the opposition and win victories for the principles and nominees of Democracy in North Texas.
He has been a delegate, with the exception of two, to every Democratic state convention held in Texas since 1884. He was a member of the Democratic committee of the Third Senatorial district in 1895; Chairman of the Democratic Executive committee of Lamar County in 1888-90; Chairman of the Democratic Executive committee of the Sixth Judicial district in 1892-4 and Chairman of the Democratic Executive committee of the city of Paris in 1895-7.
In 1896 he was nominated by the Democracy of the Third Senatorial district in convention assembled, and after a brilliant canvass, elected by a handsome majority at the polls, to the Senate of the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Legislatures.
At the present session he is Chairman of the Committee on General Land Office, and a member of the following committees: Judiciary Nos. 1 and 2, Finance, Education, Constitutional Amendments, Federal Relations, Counties and County Boundaries, Judicial Districts, State Asylums, Enrolled Bills, and Treasurer's and Comptroller's Offices. He favors carrying out the platform pledges made at Fort Worth in 1896, and has introduced several bills, among the number one providing for a uniform system of text books for the public free schools of Texas. He is taking an active part in the work of legislation and ranks among the ablest of the able men who grace the Texas Senate.
John Warren Love
Lawyer by profession and Representative from the Sixth district, Lamar County, was born in Henry County, Tennessee, June 24, 1864, and is a son of Thomas W. and Virginia Love of that state. His father is a Tennessee farmer, has filled various positions of trust and for the past eleven or twelve years has been justice of the peace for the precinct in which he resides. His great grandfather, Thomas W. Love was a member of the House of Representatives of North Carolina for thirty-three consecutive years and also served one term as a Senator in the Legislature of Tennessee. His grandfather, John D. Love was likewise a member of the Senate of Tennessee.
Mr. Love acquired an excellent education, taught school for a time, clerked in a dry goods store, came to Texas in 1893, completed his preparatory law studies, was admitted to the bar at the spring term of the district court in Lamar County; for the past two years has been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Paris and in 1896 was nominated by the Democracy and elected to the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature. He is a member of the following House committees; Judiciary No. 2, State Affairs, Judicial District, Military Affairs and County Government and County Finance.
He has worked with might and main and made speeches in the defense of Democratic principles and nominees in every campaign since he was eighteen years of age; was a member of the state convention of Tennessee that nominated the famous Bob Taylor for Governor, and since coming to Texas has been a delegate to the County conventions held in Lamar County. Deeply imbued with the principles of Democracy, a brilliant and rising young lawyer and animated by a sincere devotion to his country, a useful and distinguished career may safely be predicted for him in the state of his adoption. Texas will welcome many more such men with open arms, and honors proportioned to their merits.
B. Q. Evans
Representative from the Fifteenth district, Hunt County, was born in Grimes County, Ga., January 18, 1859. His parents, Bryant and Kisiah (McArthur) Evans, reside in Gilmer County. Georgia. Mr. Evans completed his education at Andrews Institute DeKalb County, Ala., and paid his board and tuition by working before and after school hours and during vacation. After leaving the Institute, he secured employment as a farm hand in Humphrey's Valley, Ala,; studied law at night and odd ,times; was admitted to the bar at Bluntsville, Ala., November 18, 1880; practiced there until April 1887, and then moved to Greenville, Texas, where he has since been a member of the law firm of Evans & Hargraves a firm that has been employed on one side or the other of nearly every important case tried at that place during recent years. Mr. Evans is a member of the Baptist church and Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World fraternities. He was married at Ashville, Ala., November 8, 1880, to Miss Arie Thompson, daughter of Terrell Thompson, of Blunt County Ala., and has three living children; Eula Letta, fourteen; Lizzie Davis, eight, and Chilton Wood fir, four years of age.
He has been a delegate to nearly every state Democratic convention held since he came to Texas, has stumped his district many times in the interest of his party; represented Hunt County in the House of the Twenty fourth Legislature, and in 1896 was re elected to the House of the Twenty-fifth Legislature. In that body he is Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures, and a member of the following committees: Judiciary No. 2, and Judicial Districts.
W. F. Moore
Sixth district, Lamar County; Democrat; lawyer; married; born at Starksville, Texas, October 28, 1868; member of the Baptist church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity; Chairman of the Committee on Privileges and Elections and a member of the following committees: Judiciary No. 1, Finance and Enrolled Bills. Served, also, in the House of the Twenty-fourth Legislature.
--Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, E. H. Loughery, McLeod & Jackson, 1897 sd
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