SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 759-760.
Dr. A. C. Isaacs, a retired physician and a prominent, prosperous farmer of Milam county, was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, November 16, 1826. His parents, Abraham Y. [Young] and Agatha (Burford) Isaacs, were natives of Virginia and Georgia, respectively. They were, however, residents for many years of Tennessee, where their parents were early settlers. The mother died in Tennessee in 1838, aged forty-two, and the father in Texas in 1868, at the age of eighty-four. They belonged to the plain, substantial, farming class of citizens, having sufficient wealth to give their children reasonably good educational advantages; had an appreciation of these opportunities, as well as many of the higher graces of life. They had two sons and seven daughters, all of whom attained maturity, but only three are now living. The older son, Solomon B. Isaacs, was for some years a prominent and successful lawyer of Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he was assassinated in his office about 1840. All the daughters but two are dead, Lucinda Isaacs McCown and Maria Isaacs Kincaid, both living in Texas.
The subject of this sketch was reared in his native county in Tennessee, spending his boyhood and youth on the home farm and enjoying the benefit of such schools as were in reach, his literary education being obtained mainly at a local academy in Madison county, Alabama, near which he lived. He selected medicine for his profession when about twenty years of age, and at once began reading under Dr. Robert Forbes, of Limestone county, Alabama, with whom young Isaacs spent the greater part of two years. He afterward took a course of lectures at the Louisville (Kentucky) University, and, on completing his studies, settled for practice in Lincoln county, Tennessee, where he was engaged in professional duties between two and three years.
Having married in the meantime, he turned his attention to Texas, which had but shortly before been admitted into the Union, and was offering flattering inducements to energetic and ambitious young men of all professions and business callings. He moved to that State in 1851, settling in Lavaca county, where he invested what means he had in land and at once began the active practice of his profession and the prosecution of his farming interests. He prospered for ten years, both as a physician and farmer, until the outbreak of the late war, when, with the general dissolution of the business interests of the country, not only his planting operations subsided in a considerable measure, but his practice also suffered severely.
His efforts, however, were undiminished, and throughout the troublous times of 1861-1865 he devoted his entire energies to relieving the wants of the families of Confederate soldiers and to producing, from the fruitful fields under his supervision, the sinews of war. On account of his professional attainments, his executive ability and his general standing in the community, he was the mainstay of a large number of people in the locality where he lived. But with the enforcement of the proclamation of emancipation and the great drainage of resources necessitated by the war, Dr. Isaacs found himself at the close of hostilities, like thousands of others, stripped of almost all his property and placed practically where he had begun ten years before. Converting what he had into money, he moved in 1866 to Milam county, settling at Cameron, where he began the practice of medicine and continued to reside there, engaged in active professional duties, until 1873. Having in the meantime bought land, he settled on it in the last named year, and since then has given his attention almost exclusively to his farming interests. He is now one of the largest and most successful farmers of Milam county, owning 3,000 acres of land, more than one-third of which is in cultivation, and all of which is susceptible of it, which produces well of the staple products, corn and cotton.
He has always allied himself with the interests and influences favorable to the farming community, and has been recognized as a champion of the rights of the agricultural class in all movements affecting their welfare. He has been active at different times in politics and has been honored with official trusts. He represented Milam county in the fifteenth Legislature - the first general assembly following the date of the adoption of the present constitution - and took part in the important legislative proceedings incidental to the inauguration of the present judicial, fiscal and economic system.
Up to within a few years Dr. Isaacs was always affiliated with the Democratic party and was always loyal to its principles, as enunciated in its platforms and official organs; but he has of late become dissatisfied with the old party, and has elected on several occasions to pursue an independent course with reference to pending issues. In 1892 he was made the nominee of the People's party for the State Senate, and, although defeated, made a good race and won considerable popularity among the people of this section.
Dr. Isaacs is a man of strong personality, accustomed to doing his own thinking and fearless in the expression of his views. His standing in the community where he lives is of the first order, and he has many friends. Even those who differ from him widely in matters of opinion respect him for his devotion to what he believes to be right, and for the courage and earnestness with which he maintains his views.
Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 11 July 1901
Dr. A. C. Isaacs, age 75, died at his home in Rockdale on Saturday, July 6th. He was born in Giles Co., TN in 1826. He removed from Tennessee to Lavaca county, Texas in 1850 and resided in that county until Jan. 1866 and then moved to Milam county. He was a practicing physician from early manhood unto about 1872 when he retired from that profession and entered business. He was one of the leading citizens of Milam county and at one time represented the county in the legislature. The funeral was conducted at his home on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and afterwards the Masonic fraternity took charge and he was buried in the family burying grounds on the farm a few miles from town. He leaves a wife and several grown children and two small boys [no names given]. [lengthy article]
We must say a special thank you to Earline Long-Zlotkowski of San Antonio, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
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