Z. M. HORTON was born in territory now embraced in Stone County, Arkansas, September 27, 1858. Moved with his parents to North Carolina in 1861, and returned to Arkansas in 1869, and has ever since resided in Baxter County, Arkansas Was educated at Mountain Home Male and Female Academy, of Mountain Home, Arkansas Quit school at the age of eighteen, and began to teach in the public schools of the country, and read law at night and on Saturdays. Continued this course most of his time until he was twenty-one years of age, when he was licensed to practice law in 1879. Began the practice of the law at his present location, Mountain Home, Arkansas, in January, 1880, and has been very successful, both from professional and financial standpoints. Has accumulated considerable property.
In politics a Democrat; never held any office, except that of Democratic presidential elector for Fifth Congressional District of Arkansas in the campaign of 1888. Has never been an office-seeker. Has devoted his time to the study and the practice of the law. Married Miss Kate Paul Hicks October 9, 1887. Has two children: a girl, Lucille, five years old, and Paul, a boy of two. A man of medium size, light complexion, and has always enjoyed splendid health. Second son of Dr. M. W. Horton, an old pioneer of Arkansas, who was one of the first settlers of Searcy County. His father was born and reared in Yancey County, N. C., and came to Arkansas when quite a young man.