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Antony, Edwin LeRoy - 19th Century Milam County Lawyer and Legislator

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Antony, Edwin LeRoy - 19th Century Milam County Lawyer and Legislator

Posted: 22 Feb 1999 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 31 Mar 2005 10:31PM GMT
Surnames: Antony, Davis, Henry, Houghton
When Josephine Wingfield (Davis) Henry (1842-1899) was only ten years old, she became an aunt when her older sister gave birth to Edwin LeRoy Antony (1852-1913). His birth is recorded in Josephine's family Bible [see "Henry-Davis Family Bible" at "Milam County Bible Records"]. Today, in 1999, Edwin has six "first cousins twice removed" still residing in Milam County — Iola (Christian) Avrett, Milford Henry, Georgia (Henry) Kaseberg, Roberta (Henry) Pounders, Doris (Backhaus) Seelig, Ruth (Backhaus) Storey and Lucille (Kyle) Towery.

EDWIN LEROY ANTONY was born 5 January 1852 in Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia. He was the son of Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. and Margaret Frances (Davis) Antony. His maternal grandparents were Milton Grant Davis, Sr. and America James (Fears) Davis. When he was seven years of age, his family removed to Texas, settling in Brazoria County, and remaining there until after the Civil War. In 1867 he took up his residence in Milam County, Texas, where he attended the common schools.

Two years later, in 1869, he entered the University of Georgia at Athens from which he graduated with honors in 1873. In 1874 Antony was admitted to practice law in the courts of the state of Texas, and he set up a law office in Cameron, Milam County, Texas.

Antony married Augusta Houghton [see her obituary at "Milam County Obituaries"] on 20 September 1876 in Marion County, Texas. The couple had two daughters, Alice Augusta and Beryl. Antony served as prosecuting attorney for Milam County from 1876 to 1878, being also ex-officio district attorney of Milam County.

In 1886, during the illness of the regular district judge, Antony filled that office as special judge. In 1888, Antony recorded his thoughts on social life and customs in Texas [see Archive/Manuscript Material at "A Bibliography of Milam County Publications"]. He was an alderman in Cameron from 1890 to 1892, and was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1892, when Roger Q. Mills resigned to take a seat in the Senate. Antony resumed the practice of law in Cameron at the expiration of his term.

It was said of him that "he was...an ardent supporter and admirer of President Cleveland and (was) of the school of politics known as gold standard democrats." Edwin LeRoy Antony moved to Dallas, Texas in 1910. He died at his brother-in-law's home in Dallas on 16 January 1913. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Dallas County, Texas.

[Bibliography: Herringshaw's "Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century;" "Biographical Directory of the American Congress;" "History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties" (Chicago: Lewis, 1893); "Dallas Morning News," 17 January 1913; "Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904."]

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