By William J. Hughes, W. J. Hughes
The Texas of John Salmon Ford's day demanded males of braveness and flexibility. Ford was once this sort of guy. He got here to Texas in 1836, quick turned energetic in Texas affairs, and remained so until eventually his loss of life in 1897. in the course of his lengthy existence, Ford was once a working towards surgeon, adjutant in Colonel Hays's regiment of Texas Rangers in the course of the Mexican battle, newspaper editor, explorer and surveyor, country senator, mayor and town marshal of Austin, Ranger captain and Indian fighter, Mexican progressive normal, Sunday-school instructor, accomplice colonel, mayor of Brownsville, superintendent of the country Deaf and Dumb college, and a constitution member, of the kingdom old society.Ford used to be instrumental in getting Texas into the Union and, fifteen years later, in getting her out. After the Civil struggle he helped body the hot nation structure and position Texas once more within the roster of states. He defended her frontiers within the west opposed to Comanches and within the south opposed to Mexican raiders. the tale of his lifestyles is one in every of carrier to his kingdom. He enjoyed Texas as in basic terms an previous "Texian" might and stood able to serve her in any potential. Texas referred to as on him to serve essentially as a bother shooter, and he served well.Although the hero of a number of dime novels, "Old Rip" hasn't ever prior to been the topic of an entire biography in keeping with historic study. His colourful and adventurous existence displays the transforming into pains of Texas through the adolescence. Ford's lifestyles used to be by no means uninteresting; nor is his biography.
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Of San Augustine County's five candidates for the two seats, he polled the fewest votes, his ninety-two being twenty-four less than those of his closest rival. This defeat was convincing; for the next few years John Ford eschewed politics. Possibly to prepare himself for future political activity, he began to read law and was busily pursuing the study, according to Oran M. 12 In due time, after examination and recommendation by Thomas Johnson, David S. Kaufman, and William G. 13 However, there is no evidence to show that he ever followed the profession in a regular sense.
Austin was then truly a frontier settlement. Only one year earlier, residents had fled indoors when a migrating buffalo herd had invaded the streets. Shortly before the convention met, Indian raiders had killed a girl and stolen a boy. The high palisade around the capitol grounds was a necessity. " in what Ford described as a "kind of 'hark from the tombs' intonation . " There was a gathering of the clans. A motley crowd it was, numbering about one hundred. .. With bold front and manly strides they moved upon the foe at the mouth of Shoal Creek.
1 He continued his interest in books and things western, receiv- 1Katherine Hughes to John N. Drayton, December 12, 1989, in possession of the author. D. from Texas Tech University in 1959, after specializing in frontier and western history. He first taught at Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell, South Dakota, and then, in 1962, joined the faculty at Mankato State University, in Mankato, Minnesota. Students and colleagues admired his ability as a teacher and especially remembered his artful storytelling.
Rebellious Ranger: Rip Ford and the Old Southwest by William J. Hughes, W. J. Hughes