A Guide to the Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920]
One of nine children, Elizabeth Ross Clarke (b. 1878) was the daughter of Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross (1838-1898) and the former Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley. Sul Ross was the son of Shapley Prince Ross (1811-1889) and his wife Catherine, who moved to Texas in 1839. After serving in the Texas Rangers (1842-1847), Shapley settled in Waco, where he built the town’s first hotel, served as its first postmaster (1850), and was an Indian agent (1855-1858).
Upon graduating from Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama, in 1859, Sul Ross joined the Texas Rangers and eventually raised his own company, who recovered Cynthia Ann Parker from Comanche Indians in December 1860. The next year, Ross joined the Confederate Army, commanding the Texas Cavalry Brigade, also known as Ross’ Brigade. Following the war, he entered politics, serving as sheriff of McLennan County (1873-1875), Texas state senator from the 22nd District (1880-1882), and governor of Texas (1887-1891). Upon leaving the governorship, Ross became president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, a position he held until his death in 1898.
Benner, Judith Ann. "Ross, Lawrence Sullivan [Sul]."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 8, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro81.
Kemp, L. W. "Ross, Shapley Prince."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 8, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro86.
The Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920], contains Clarke’s biography of her father Sul Ross and his father Shapley Prince Ross. Covering the period 1838 to 1898, the narrative is entitled "YA-A-H-H-OO, Warwhoop of the Comanches: The Cry that Struck Terror to the Hearts of the Pioneers in the Early Days of Texas." It discusses Indian raids on the early Texas frontier as well as Sul Ross’s activities during the Civil War and as Texas state senator, governor, and president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.
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Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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