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Biography of Hon. J. W. McClurg

HON. J. W. McCLURG, ex-governor of the State of Missouri. A man’s life work measures his success, and the man who devotes his powers to the accomplishment of an honorable purpose is to be honored. If a careful study is made of the motives which actuate every man’s life, there is always to be found some object for which he lives. In Hon. J. W. McClurg it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and to develop in himself a true manhood. A native of St. Louis County, Missouri, he was born February 22, 1818. Son of Joseph and Mary (Brotherton) McClurg and grandson of Joseph McClurg, who came to America during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. He succeeded in making his escape to this country by concealing himself in the hold of a vessel, and his family soon after followed him to America. He was a man of much energy, and a worker in iron, and soon made his way to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he erected the first iron foundry ever put up in the city, and in or near Pittsburgh he passed the remainder of his days. Although he owned a farm, the most of his attention was given to his foundry, and after he had retired the business was continued by his sons. Joseph McClurg, the father of Ex-Gov. McClurg, was born in northern Ireland and came with his mother to America when about twelve years of age. He and his brothers, Alexander and William, followed in their father’s footsteps and became foundrymen, and while following...

Biographical Sketch of Martin, Wiley Captain

Captain Wiley Martin was born in Georgia in 1776. He led a very active, restless life, and when very young had been a soldier, schoolteacher and clerk in a store. In 1805 he became connected with Aaron Burr in some business enterprise, and in 1812 joined the army of General Harrison and served as a scout against the Indians in the army of the northwest, culminating in the decisive battle of Tippecanoe. In 1814 he joined the army of General Jackson against the Indians and participated in the famous battle of the “Horse Shoe.” For his gallantry on this hotly contested field he was promoted from scout to a captaincy. After this he became involved in a duel, in which his antagonist was killed. He then resigned his captain’s commission, and in 1825 came to Texas and joined Austin’s colony. He was soon appointed an alcalde in the colony and became acting political chief of the department. At the breaking out of the Texas Revolution, he opposed the Declaration of Independence as premature, but raised a company and joined General Houston’s army at Columbus. He and General Houston had served together under General Jackson and both took part in the “Horse Shoe” battle, where Houston, then a young ensign, was severely wounded. When the Mexicans arrived near the Brazos Captain Martin was sent to guard the ferry at Fort Bend, as has already been narrated. After the war he made Fort Bend County his home and went into the practice of law and was the first county judge of Fort Bend County. He had no family and died near...

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