Roger Quarles Mills was born March 30, 1832 in Todd County, Kentucky. He attended the ordinary schools and moved to Texas in 1849.
At the time he moved to Texas he studied law, passed the bar and began practicing. He married Carolyn R Jones on 07 Jan 1855 in Corsicana, Texas. He was a member of the Texas House of Representative from 1859 until he enlisted in the Confederate States Army. Also in 1859 his first child, Nannie B was born followed Carry J in 1861.
During the Unpleasantness he fought in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Arkansas Post, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and the Atlanta Campaign enlisting as a Private and coming out a Colonel.
After the war he came back to Corsicana and continued his law practice. In 1897 his third child and only son, Charles Henry was born followed in a few years by his last child, Fannie, born in 1873.
Also in 1873 he continued in politics as he served from 1873 until 1892 as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives. In 1891 he was a candidate in the Democratic caucus for Speaker of the US House of Representatives but was defeated by Charles F. Crisp of Georgia.
He was the chairman of the US House Committee on Ways and Means during the 50th Congress. He made the tariff his special study and was long recognized as the leading authority in Congress.
He was elected to the United States Senate in 1892 to fill the vacant seat of John H. Reagan and he served in that capacity until 1899.
He died in Corsicana on 12 Sep 1911 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, by the side of Carolyn who had preceded him in death in 1907.
Lest We Forget
Sources: ancestry.com, NavarroCountyHistory.com, wikipedia.org
Compiled by Dana Stubbs
Our busy chapter at a glance......
Our member, Dana Stubbs and her husband, Norman, have been diligently tracked the footsteps of the Navarro County Riffles during the Civil War to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this historic period. They have personally visited hundreds of grave sites and have taken wonderful pictures along the way. You do not have to be Facebook user to access this "public" link.
The Last Confederate Airman
The history of A. E. Morse,"the Last Confederate Airman", can be read at the following link. Our own Dana Stubbs provided the research for this story.
Our Members Volunteering
"Getting Ready" for the DedicationThere are people who are always getting ready for something. Whoever might need some help, a special occasion, a class reunion, etc. these two are there to help. The Moorse Memorial Dedication is no exception. It seems that Dana and Norman are always "getting ready". Getting ready for a re-enactment, a dedication, a Odyssee at the Oakwood Cemetry, interviewing senior citizens for adding to the collection of oral histories began in 2015. Always busy and always appreciated by members of the Roger Q. Mills Chapter, UDC. We are blessed to have you in our midst.