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IRELAND, John, governor of Texas, born in Hart county, Kentucky, 1 January, 1827. He studied law, removed to Texas in 1852, and practised at Seguin, of which town he was elected mayor in 1856. He was a member of the convention that passed the ordinance of secession in 1861, and served through the war in the Confederate army, becoming lieutenant-colonel of a Texas infantry regiment in 1862. In 1866 he was elected a delegate to the State constitutional convention, and the same year a district judge. He was sent to the legislature in 1872, chosen a member of the state senate in 1873, and in 1875 appointed an associate judge of the supreme court of Texas. In 1882 he was elected governor, and in 1884 was re-elected.
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