Lawrence Sullivan Ross

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Lawrence Sullivan Ross was born at Bentonsport, Iowa, September 27, 1838. His parents took him to Texas while he was an infant. He was graduated from Wesleyan University, in Florence, Alabama, in 1859. He had spent his vacations in service against the Comanche's, and in the latter year was made captain of a company of Texas Rangers. Since he had rescued the celebrated Cynthia Ann Parker in one engagement, and killed the chief Peta Necona in single combat in another, Ross had made a lasting reputation on the frontier when he entered Confederate service as a private. Promoted colonel of the 6th Texas Cavalry on May 14, 1862, he took part in the battle of Corinth in October, and particularly distinguished himself during the subsequent retreat from that place. He was appointed brigadier general to rank from December 21, 1863. He fought under and was universally commended by such officers as J. E. Johnston, Van Dorn, Hardee, Forrest, S. D. Lee, and W. H. Jackson. With a record of 135 battles and engagements, and 5 horses shot from under him, he returned home in 1865, penniless. At first he commenced farming in the valley of the Brazos. In 1873 he was elected sheriff of McLennan County; he was a member of the constitutional convention in 1875; and a state senator in 1881 and 1883. He was then elected governor in 1887 and overwhelmingly re-elected two years later. From 1891 until his death he served as president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas at College Station, where he died, January 3, 1898. At that time he was probably the most popular private citizen in the state, known from one end to the other as "Sul" Ross. He is buried in Waco, Texas.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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