Lawrence Sullivan Ross
Lawrence Sullivan Ross was a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. In 1887, he became the 19th Governor of Texas. He is credited with saving the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas from closure. The university is now known as Texas A&M University and is located in Waco, Texas.
About Lawrence Sullivan Ross in brief
Lawrence Sullivan Ross was born on September 27, 1838 in Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. He was raised in the Republic of Texas, which was later annexed to the United States. Ross attended Baylor University and Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama. In 1887, he became the 19th Governor of Texas. Ross was a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. He is credited with saving the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas from closure. After his death, the Texas legislature created Sul Ross State University in his honor. The university is now known as Texas A&M University and is located in Waco, Texas. He died on September 26, 1887. He leaves behind a wife and four children. He also leaves a son and a daughter, both of whom died in childhood. The Ross family founded the town of Waco in 1849, and his sister Kate was the first Caucasian child born in the city. Ross also left a fortune in real estate, which he used to fund his family’s farm and ranch. He never married and died in 1887 at the age of 80. He had a son, William, who became a prominent Texas politician. Ross died of complications from a heart attack in 1891. He left a widow and three children. His son William Ross died in 1913. He later died in a car accident, leaving his wife and two children in a nursing home. Ross is survived by his daughter, Kate, and a son-in-law, William Ross, Jr., who died in 1998.
Ross’ daughter Kate became the first woman to be married in the U.S. to a white man. She was married to William Ross Jr. in 1914. Ross had three children, all of whom were born in Texas. The family moved to Texas in 1839, and settled in the Robertson Colony on the lower Brazos River. Ross joined the Texas Rangers in 1845. In 1860, he led Rangers in the Battle of Pease River, where federal troops recaptured Cynthia Ann Parker, who had been captured by the Comanches as a child in 1836. Ross later served as sheriff of McLennan County before resigning to participate in the 1875 Texas Constitutional Convention. Ross served as governor from 1887 to 1891, and was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1881 to 1883. His tenure as governor saw a large expansion in college facilities and the birth of many school traditions. Ross lived with prominent families and lived with them in dormitories, thus giving them daily exposure to good manners and refinement. During the summer of 1858, Ross returned to Texas and served on the Brazos Indian Reserve, where his father had conscripted Indians from the reserve to help the 2nd Cavalry Expedition. His father Shapley Ross was too ill to go on the expedition, so Ross took command of the expedition. Ross went on to command the expedition and led a search for Buffalo Hump, a chief who had led several deadly raids on Texas settlements.