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Edwin LeRoy Antony

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 384-386.

E. L. ANTHONY - The subject of this sketch is a native of Georgia, of which State his parents, MILTON and MARGARET F. DAVIS ANTHONY, were also natives. The father was born in the city of Augusta, September 26,1824, and the mother in Morgan County, August 11, 1833. The parents were married in Morgan County, Georgia, February 6, 1849. MILTON ANTONY was a son of MILTON ANTONY, and both were physicians. The elder ANTONY was an eminent member of his profession, being for years editor of the Southern Medical Journal of Augusta and dean of the faculty of the Georgia Medical Journal of Augusta, of which he was one of the founders. He died in 1839 of yellow fever, making his life the last offering to a profession, which he had long adored. He left a scholarship to each of his sons in the institution with which he was connected, six of whom availed themselves of the privilege and became regular practicing physicians. MILTON after taking a literary course in Mercer University, then at Penfield, graduated in medicine at the Georgia Medical College in 1845, and from that date until 1859 practiced that profession in Burke County, his native State. He came to Texas in the last named year and was a resident first of Columbia, Brazoria County, then of Cameron, and later Rockdale, Milam County until his death, which occurred January 25, 1885. His life was devoted to the practice of medicine, in which he met with reasonable financial success and did a vast amount of good for his fellow man, being accounted among his neighbors and associates in the profession an excellent physician. His widow is still living, an estimable lady, a descendant of an old and honorable family of middle Georgia, daughter of MILTON GRANT DAVIS, who was a prosperous planter of antebellum days and cousin of ex-Governor HUBBARD of this State.

EDWIN LEROY ANTONY, the subject of this sketch, is the only surviving child of MILTON and MARGARET F. ANTONY, and was born in Burke Country, GA. January 5, 1852. His boyhood and youth were passed at Columbia, this State, in the schools of which place he received his early education. He attended Austin College at Huntsville and the old military institution at Bastrop, finishing at the University of Georgia, at which he graduated in 1873, after a four years course. He read law, and January 8, 1874, was admitted to the bar at Cameron, where he at once took up the practice and has since steadily followed it.

MR. ANTONY has won some distinction in his profession, having shown an aptitude for it far beyond that possessed by the average practitioner. He has been busy also in politics and has been honored several times with office. He was elected County Attorney of Milam County in February 1876, which position he held until November 1878, discharging the duties acceptably to the people. At the spring term of the Milam County District Court in 1876, Hon. W. E. COLLARD being absent from his court on account of serious illness, MR. ANTONY was elected by the members of the bar as Special District Judge and held the term of court. More than sixty cases, civil and criminal, were disposed of with many trials. So satisfactory were the proceedings to the people and the bar that only one appeal was taken and that case was affirmed by the Supreme Court. In June 1892 MR. ANTONY received the Democratic nomination for Congress from ROGER Q. MILLS' old district and was elected to the seat in the Lower House made vacant by that distinguished gentleman's promotion to the Senate. MR. ANTONY's term in this position was too short to enable him to make much reputation, but, so far as he enjoyed opportunity, he showed to the satisfaction of his constituents and associates in Congress that, due allowance being made for the difference in age and experience, he was a worthy successor of Texas' great commoner.

MR. ANTONY is a stanch Democrat and has done his party good service both in council and on the public platform. He is a ready debater, clear, calm, strong and forcible and well grounded in the political history of the country, and an earnest believer in the principles of his party. He is a formidable antagonist in the discussion of political issues before the people. He possesses in a fair measure the acumen of the politician, the ready genius for combining dissimilar forces, reconciling opposing ones and accomplishing, through the cementing of these" results" in politics.

As a lawyer he is courteous to adverse counsel, circumspect to the court, logical, clear, compact and convincing to the jury. In the discussion of questions of law before the court he is sound, forcible and cogent, possessing that skillful generalization which readily seizes upon the strong points of a case, that happy condensation of thought which at once extracts the substance of an opponent's argument, that clear foresight and comprehension which immediately grasps the angularities of an intricate legal problem and enables him to place it in a light that renders it at once easy of understanding and makes it stick in the memory. In all things he is plain, making manner subservient to matter and subduing it to pleasant speech.

September 20, 1876, MR. ANTONY married AUGUSTA HOUGHTON, daughter of JUDGE JOEL A. HOUGHTON, for many years a prominent lawyer of Georgetown, this State. MRS. ANTONY is a native of Texas and an excellent type of one of this great, State's best product, an intelligent and refined lady. They have two children, both daughters: ALICE AUGUSTA ANTONY and BERYL PAULINE ANTONY.

In personal appearance, MR. ANTONY inherits, in a considerable measure, the physique of his father, possessing a large frame, which carries its due proportion of flesh, a swarthy complexion, dark hair and eyes, and a remarkably strong cast of features. His physical make-up is of that kind that would attract attention in an assembly of a hundred men, and is no bad index to his character; for on closer observation and more intimate acquaintance he is found to be an even more interesting man than his striking figure indicates.

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Congressional Biographical Directory
of the United States Congress

Edwin LeRoy Antony

ANTONY, Edwin Le Roy, a Representative from Texas; born in Waynesboro, Burke County, Ga., January 5, 1852; moved with his parents to Texas in 1859 and settled in Brazoria County; moved to Milam County in 1867; attended the common schools, and was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1873; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Cameron, Tex.; prosecuting attorney of Milam County 1876, being also ex officio district attorney for his county; was appointed special judge during the illness of the regular district judge in 1886; member of the board of aldermen of Cameron 1890-1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roger Q. Mills, and served from June 14, 1892, to March 3, 1893; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892; resumed the practice of law in Cameron, Tex.; died in Dallas, Tex., January 16, 1913; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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