Lawrence Sullivan Ross: The Hero of the Great State of Texas

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Lawrence Sullivan Ross or more commonly known as Sul Ross was born on September 27, 1838 in Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. He was a second son and fourth child of Catherine Fulkerson and Shapley Prince Ross (Benner). In 1839, Ross’ family moved to the new Republic of Texas where the young Ross had his first encounter with hostile Indians (Benner). Speaking about his education, Ross attended Baylor University in Texas for one year and then he transferred to Wesleyan University in Alabama, where he earned his A.B degree in 1859. Since a child, Ross has shown his ambition to be an Indian fighter like his father. Therefore, he did not waste a chance when there was an opportunity for him to enter the United States Army during a summer holiday in his junior year in college. Without a doubt, he signed himself as a leader of a group of Native American soldiers and participated in a campaign against Comanches in Indian Territory. This was Ross’ first experiences in the army action. Ross was wounded, but he won the battle and got much praise from regular army officers. Throughout his life, Ross has devoted his soul and time for the great state of Texas. He began to earn love from Texans when he joined the Texas Ranger and successfully recovered Cynthia Ann Parker from hostile Indians. In addition, Ross also served in civil war by signing up for the Confederate Army. Not only devoted himself in military aspect, Ross also served Texas in political aspect as both state senator and as governor. In addition, after Ross retired from politics, he was appointed president of the struggling Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A&M University). He was the one who saved the school from closure. Lawrence Sullivan Ross died in College Statio... ... middle of paper ... ...nner, Judith. Ross, Lawrence Sullivan (Sul). Texas State Historical Association, 15 June 2010. Web. 26 April 2014. Ericson, Joe and Ernest Wallace. Constitution of 1876. Texas State Historical Association, 12 June 2010. Web. 26 April 2014. Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols. Wilhoite, Larry. Spotlight on History: Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Waxahachie Newspaper Inc., 30 November 2013. Web. 26 April 2014. n.p. Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Sul Ross State University, n.d. Web. 26 April 2014. n.p. Lawrence Sullivan Ross “Sul” 1838-1898. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, n.d. Web. 26 April 2014. n.p. Portraits of Texas Governors. Texas State Library, 19 September 2011. Web. 26 April 2014. n.p. Statue of Sul Ross. Texas A&M University, n.d. Web. 26 April 2014.

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