Civil War Confederate Army Officer, Texas Governor. He told his mother, Margaret (Ewing) Roberts, that he was through in the fields, and that he had higher, although no less nobler aspirations for his life. Borrowing money from his brother-in-law, Robert Bourland, he went on to attend the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 1836. He married his sweetheart, Frances Wycliffe Edwards in 1837. In 1839 he was elected to a single term in the Alabama State Legislature; he also practiced law and taught law. He arrived in Texas in November of 1841 and worked as a circuit lawyer. He was later appointed, by President Samuel Houston, a State District Attorney. Later, he was appointed, by the 1st elected governor of the State of Texas, J. Pinckney Henderson as a State District Judge; was an Associate Justice to the Texas State Supreme Court; the Chief Justice of the Texas State Supreme Court; was President of the Texas Secession Committee; a Colonel in the Confederate Army; an elected, but unseated, United States Senator; and the 1st post-reconstruction Governor of the State of Texas. It was he who passed the Bill that created the University of Texas school system and was its first Dean of the Law School. He was an author, co-author and contributor of/on 5 books.