David Webster Flangan (1832 – 1924)

“FLANAGAN, DAVID WEBSTER (1832-1924).  David Webster Flangan, Republican leader, was born in Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, on January 9, 1832, the son of Polly (Miller) and James Wright Flanagan.  When he was eleven the family moved to Henderson, Texas.  Flanagan attended local private schools and Henderson College and read law in the office of his father.

Though the Flanagans, father and son were opposed to secession, David served in the Confederate Army.  During Reconstruction both Flanagans took a prominent part in Texas politics as members of the moderate wing of the Republican party.  David Flanagan was a Texas Senator and member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875.  He serves as collector of internal revenue from 1897 to 1913 and was a prominent figure in Republican national conventions for many decades.

He also took an active part in the civic affairs of his hometown and helped to promote the building of the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, of which he was president.  His love of fine cattle and horses led to great improvement in livestock breeding in Rusk County.  Flanagan was twice married, first married to Elizabeth Graham, who died in 1872, and later to Sallie Ware.

He died at Henderson on May 5, 1824, and was buried in the nearby family cemetery.”

Source:  The Handbook of Texas Online  http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/FF/ffl5.html

Story written by Myrtis Watkins.

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