Lawrence Sullivan Ross (1838–1898) was the 19th Governor of Texas, a
Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War, and a
president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. As a
teenager, Ross attended Baylor University and Florence Wesleyan
University. After graduation Ross became a Texas Ranger, and in 1860
led troops in the Battle of Pease River, where he rescued Cynthia Ann
Parker, who had been captured by the Comanches as a child. When Texas
joined the Confederacy, Ross joined the Confederate States Army. He
participated in 135 battles and skirmishes and became one of the
youngest Confederate generals. Following the Civil War, Ross briefly
served as sheriff of McLennan County before resigning to participate in
the 1875 Texas Constitutional Convention. With the exception of a
two-year term as a state senator, Ross spent the next decade focused on
his farm and ranch concerns. In 1887, he became the 19th governor of
Texas. During his two terms, he oversaw the dedication of the new Texas
State Capitol, resolved the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, and became the only
Texas governor to call a special session to deal with a treasury
surplus. Days after leaving office, Ross became president of the
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. After his death, the
Texas legislature created Sul Ross State University in his honor.
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