SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 469 & 470.
CAPTAIN B. I. ARNOLD -- Twenty-eight years' residence in Texas has made of this gentleman what that number of years' residence would naturally make of a man of intelligence and observation, and enthusiastic believer in the State's future, a stanch supporter of her institutions and a loyal defender of her people. Although a Northerner by lineage, birth and early training, it is doubtful whether in an assembly of a hundred native-born citizens he could be distinguished from the most typical Texan in name and character.
Captain Arnold is a native of Ohio, born in the town of Carlisle, Clarke county, February 3, 1841. He was reared in northern Illinois, whither his parents moved when he was young. Before he reached his majority he entered the Union army, enlisting September 2, 1861, in the Fourth Illinois cavalry, with which he began service at Fort Henry and served till the surrender, taking part in all the engagements in which his command participated, covering the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. At the close of the war his regiment was, consolidated with the Twelfth Illinois, placed under General Custer and sent to Texas as an army of occupation. For about a year Captain Arnold was stationed at Brenham, where he served in the Freedmen's Bureau department.
In May 1866, he quit the service and for two years engaged in farming in Washington county, then in the mercantile business, which he followed till March 1870, when he came to Cameron to accept the office of Sheriff of Milam county, under appointment from E. J. Davis, then Governor of the State, under reconstruction measures. He held this office till May 1874, discharging its delicate and difficult duties acceptably both to the court and the people.
At the expiration of his term of office he located permanently in Cameron, engaged in business and has since made this place his home. For sixteen years past he has conducted a successful real estate and insurance business, has served two terms as Mayor, and has been identified with every movement looking to the improvement of the town and county. He has fairly won his way to the confidence and esteem of the people of this locality by his loyalty to them and their interest, and has established his reputation as a sound man of business by the success he has attained in his own affairs. A Republican in politics, his opportunities fro political activity have been restricted to the arena of conventions, where however he has been a constant attendant and an effective worker. He is one of the lights of Republicanism in the State, but the recipient of few favors from Federal authority, adherence to party being with him a matter of principle and activity in its behalf without thought of personal gain.
August 28, 1873, Captain Arnold married Miss Mary Tucker of Cameron, a daughter of William H. Tucker, and old and respected citizen of Milam county. Mrs. Arnold was reared in this county, and is one of that type of Texas women, not unfrequently met with, who have grown to full maturity in sound sense and all the essentials of true womanhood without the aid of those numerous accessories of boarding schools and popular conservatories now thought to be so necessary to the proper training of young ladies. A pleasant home, graced by three daughters, now promising young ladies, and a large circle of friends, go to make the domestic life of Captain Arnold as happy as his official and business career has been successful.
We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
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