Party affiliation: Democrat
1 daughter, Gladys A. (wife of Major Mark R. Woodward). Teacher public schools, 1886-1891. Admitted to Texas bar, 1893, and practiced as member firm Harwood & Walsh, at Gonzales, Texas, until 1904.
Banking business, 1904-1938. Associated with George W. Hay in organizing chain of banks in North Texas, consisting of Farmers National Bank of Van Alstyne, Allen State Bank, Melissa State Bank, Tom Bean State Bank and First National Bank of Franklin, serving as president Van Alstyne Bank. Disposed of stock in these instns., 1907, and moved to San Angelo, organizing San Angelo Bank & Trust Company, president 7 years, president its successor, Central National Bank of San Angelo, 1914-1925.
Chairman of the Board and federal reserve agent of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 11th District, 1925-1938. Retired from banking and now devotes his time to completing manuscripts on folklore and pioneer history of the Southwest. Currently engaged in writing the history of the formative years of Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas Active in promotion agricultural, live stock and other interests.
Originator of plan to concentrate wool and mohair of West Texas in warehouses and selling in pools. Organizer Wool Growers’ Central Storage Company, the pioneer wool coöp. organization in Texas, making San Angelo the largest inland wool and mohair market in the world. Organized and was Chairman of the Board Security Building & Loan Association of San Angelo.
A founder, 1915, of W. Texas Chamber Commerce (president 1923-1924). Delaware General Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Church, S., Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1922, and member unification Commission, 1924, resulting in the union of Methodist Episcopal Church in United States of America and Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Treasurer W. Texas Conference 17 years, treasurer Board of Missions and secretary-treasurer Superannuate Endowment Fund.
Member of original commission to locate and establish Southern Methodist U., Dallas (1910-1912), and trustee of University, 1910-1925.
Author: The Student’s Quiz Book, 1892-1894. (verse) Early Days on the Western Range, 1917. The Nester and the Tenderfoot, 1918.
America’s Tribute to Great Britain, 1918. How Uncle Sam Got Ki Bill’s Goat, 1919. Heavenly Mansions, 1920.
The Old Quartette, 1923. The Passing of the Years, 1928. Memories of ’93, 1928.
Known as “Poet Laureate of the Southwest”.