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Ancestral Lines of Helen Worthington Gauss, p096

.....and Elizabeth became the wife of Mr. A. F. Mirrieless and dying left a daughter, Miss Maggie Mirrieless, her only child. Those surviving are George, Thomas, John and Andrew, of whom Thomas and Andrew are single; Emily; Mary, wife of Dr. Graham, of Denver, Col. and Helen the wife of William T Gauss, of Framingham, Mass. Mrs. Worthington died February 9,1881. The large family of children had grown to man's and woman's estate, before, worn out by a long life of earnest endeavor in early years and constant study and speculation in the latter, the father passed peacefully to his final rest at five o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, November 14, after but a day or two's illness so serious as to require medical attentation.

"Such is a brief outline of the family history of the deceased. His life among man, as one of the great busy world, struggling for wealth and honors, deserves a more extended notice. From the start of his success in his chosen profession was very great gaining in a remarkable degree the love and esteem of old and young and his large practice became arduous and wearing upon his constitution. He had fitted himself well in his medical studies, possessed an active, vigorous intellect, was ambitious of distinction and unremitting in his attention to those who were placed under his care. His kindly and cheerful manner made him a welcome visitor to the sick room, while his solicitude for the cure of his patient as betokened by manner and conversation begat that confidence by the patient in the physician which is as great an aid to his success. As a result as we have said, his practice became very large and wearing.

But the performance of these arduous duties was not all that engaged his active mind at this time. He early saw the inevitable rise in lands that was to follow the full settlement of this sparsely settled country and determined to secure for himself a large landed estate while prices were low. He therefore bought many tracts in various parts of the county and State, and as he intended to hold them, proceeded to put them in cultivation that they might be returning something for the investment while so held. This brought him into the purchase of stock, and at one time he dealt largely in cattle, horses, hogs and other stock. Speaking of the purchase of land, he once remarked to the writer of this that he thought it no imprudence, no risk, to buy on credit any tract of land that, if sold again would bring the price agreed to be paid. As a consequence of carrying this view into actual practice he became largely incumbered with debt for land so purchased.

Not content, however, with the amount of business that thus devolved upon him, he became from the start, an active and earnest politician. He was an ardent Whig and had for his associates in politics such men as the eloquent Edward Baker, the bluff, genial John L. Hardin, the courtly and persuasive of speech, O. H. Browning, and others equally gifted. His speeches were marked with great force, vigor and point, and delivered from the stump (actually the stump in those days) were of great effect with the people. In 1842 he was nominated and elected to the Senate, serving his term of four years with much distinction. His eloquence, his great breadth of information and his devotion to the performance of his duties, gave him much influence among his fellow senators. In 1846 he was defeated for a return by the late Dr. Hugh L. Sutphin, of Perry, the county going at the election several hundred Democratic. While in the Senate, he gave the casting vote for the "Two Mill Tax," which saved the State from repudiation, and assisted largely in passing the first "Free School Law" of the State.

His interest and active participation in politics, however, continued unabated and he was ever ready to uphold and maintain the principles of his party, whether in the forum or upon the stump. As an instance of his readiness and ability in discussion we note that upon one occasion, by permission of the State Supreme Court, he appeared before that learned body to argue and contend for the the proposition that the taxation of land and the note given in payment for that land was double and unjust taxation, and delivered an argument that received much commendation. He failed, however, in convincing the court that the statutes were in his favor.



Location of original unknown. Photocopy made by Helen Worthington Gauss for Helen Worthington Sansone in the Susan Chambless collections. There is a photocopy of this photocopy (2nd generation) located in the St. Louis Public library. Transcription by Peggy T. Robinson, 2013

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