By Lewis L. Gould
Alexander Terrell's profession positioned him on the middle of a few of the main pivotal occasions in 19th- and early twentieth-century background, starting from the Civil conflict to Emperor Maximilian's reign over Mexico and an Armenian genocide less than the Ottoman Empire. Alexander Watkins Terrell ultimately offers the 1st whole biographical portrait of this complicated determine. Born in Virginia in 1827, Terrell moved to Texas in 1852, emerging to the rank of accomplice brigadier basic while the Civil conflict erupted. Afterwards, he in short served in Maximilian's military ahead of returning to Texas, the place he used to be elected to 4 phrases within the kingdom Senate and 3 phrases in the home. President Grover Cleveland appointed him minister to the Ottoman Empire, dispatching him to Turkey and the center East for 4 years whereas the problems surrounding the life of Christians in a Muslim empire stoked violent confrontations there. His different accomplishments incorporated writing laws that created the Texas Railroad fee and what turned the everlasting college Fund (the cornerstone of the collage of Texas's multibillion-dollar endowment). during this balanced exploration of Terrell's lifestyles, Gould additionally examines Terrell's perspectives on race, the influence of the fees of cowardice within the Civil conflict that dogged him, and his religious looking out past the validated religions of his time. In his wealthy and sundry lifestyles, Alexander Watkins Terrell skilled elements of nineteenth-century Texas and American heritage whose results have endured right down to the current day.
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He continued to lead his regiment until the end of the war and was promoted to brigadier general in May 1865 as the Confederacy collapsed in Texas. Nonetheless, the incident at Pleasant Hill had a decisive impact on Terrell’s life. Within days of the episode, political enemies in Central Texas learned from other soldiers that he had allegedly shown cowardice in the face of the enemy and had dodged the battle. Letters of support from his fellow ofﬁcers and denials of any lack of bravery did not still the whispers and later the public allegations.
27 As a new judge, Terrell had to adjust to the pressing demands of his new position. The district judge held court in each of the ﬁve counties in April and May and then again in October and November. The work began in Bastrop for two or more weeks, and stints of similar length followed in Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties and ﬁnally in Travis County. Success for the district judge depended on the quality of the prosecuting attorney, and Terrell worked well with his colleague, George Washington “Wash” Jones.
Terrell impressed the partisan Democratic press with his growing skill as an orator. ” Terrell dismissed these appearances as political ones when he wrote his memoirs. 24 The early signs in the election favored Terrell, and he won the contest with 1,643 votes to 1,284 for Green. Green carried Travis County by about 100 votes, and Terrell ran strongly across the rest of the district. Houston lost the gubernatorial race to Runnels, and the Know-Nothings suffered what proved to be a fatal reverse to their party in the state.
Alexander Watkins Terrell: Civil War Soldier, Texas Lawmaker, American Diplomat by Lewis L. Gould