Ford was instrumental in getting Texas into the Union and, fifteen years later, in getting her out. After the Civil War he helped frame the new state constitution and place Texas once again in the roster of states. He defended her frontiers in the west against Comanches and in the south against Mexican raiders. The story of his life is one of service to his state. He loved Texas as only an old ""Texian"" could and stood ready to serve her in any capacity. Texas called on him to serve primarily as a trouble shooter, and he served well.
Although the hero of several dime novels, ""Old Rip"" has never before been the subject of a complete biography based on historical research. His colorful and adventurous life reflects the growing pains of Texas during the formative years. Ford's life was never dull; neither is his biography.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
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