By William J. Hughes, W. J. Hughes
The Texas of John Salmon Ford's day demanded males of braveness and flexibility. Ford used to be any such guy. He got here to Texas in 1836, speedy turned lively in Texas affairs, and remained so till his dying in 1897. in the course of his lengthy existence, Ford used to be a practising health professional, adjutant in Colonel Hays's regiment of Texas Rangers throughout the Mexican warfare, newspaper editor, explorer and surveyor, kingdom senator, mayor and town marshal of Austin, Ranger captain and Indian fighter, Mexican innovative common, Sunday-school instructor, accomplice colonel, mayor of Brownsville, superintendent of the nation Deaf and Dumb tuition, and a constitution member, of the country ancient society.Ford used to be instrumental in getting Texas into the Union and, fifteen years later, in getting her out. After the Civil conflict he helped body the hot country structure and position Texas once more within the roster of states. He defended her frontiers within the west opposed to Comanches and within the south opposed to Mexican raiders. the tale of his existence is one in every of carrier to his nation. He enjoyed Texas as purely an outdated "Texian" may and stood able to serve her in any skill. Texas referred to as on him to serve basically as a hassle shooter, and he served well.Although the hero of a number of dime novels, "Old Rip" hasn't ever earlier than been the topic of an entire biography in accordance with ancient examine. His colourful and adventurous existence displays the transforming into pains of Texas in the course of the adolescence. Ford's existence used to be by no means boring; nor is his biography.
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4 Ford probably was thankful for his transfer from High-smith's company, for now he would participate in operations in Mexico. On August 12, Hays and five companies left for the Río Grande, to be followed later by the company of Captain Jacob Roberts, then resting its mounts after an arduous journey from the frontier. Hays fully expected to be assigned the task of protecting Taylor's line of communication from the nuisance raids of José Urrea, Antonio Canales, and other Mexican partisan commanders.
In dealing with Indian affairs, he came, for the first time, in contact with concerns of the western frontier residents, whose interests he was to promote as long as Texas had a frontier problem. To the Red-Lander, for which he served as an almost daily correspondent while in the legislature, he explained his support of an appropriations bill for frontier defense, a type of measure little favored by East Texans since their own frontier problem had been solved. The issue of January 25, 1845, revealed what would be a lifelong criterion for his stand: "Protection and allegiance are reciprocal terms.
M. Williamson, T. J. Chambers, and Thomas H. 24 John S. Ford was now in a happy situation. He was liked and respected by the members of his chosen community, prominent in their affairs, the spokesman for a thriving business, signally honored by the politically eminent of his state, and head of a happy household, wherein for the first time in her memory Fannie Ford knew normal family life. Soon, however, came the first circumstance of a series which was to cast John Ford into the role in which he is best rememberedthat of a frontier fighting man.
Rebellious Ranger: Rip Ford and the Old Southwest by William J. Hughes, W. J. Hughes