Mills, Roger Q. (Roger Quarles), 1832-1911

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1832-03-30
Death 1911-09-02
Gender:
Male
English

Biographical notes:

Lawyer, of Corsicana, Tex.; member, Texas house of representatives (1859-1860); enlisted (1861) in the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of colonel of the 10th Texas Infantry Regiment.

From the description of Roger Q. Mills letter 1861 Mar. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70978914

Born in Kentucky, Roger Quarles Mills (1832-1911) moved to Texas in 1849 and, in short order, received an appointment to the staff of the state legislature. In 1852, he became a lawyer in Corsicana, where he later held public offices. He married Carolyn R. Jones in 1855 and fathered four daughters and one son.

During the 1850s, Mills’ political allegiances shifted from the Whig Party to the American Party and finally to the Democratic Party. As a state legislator from 1859 to 1860, he supported states’ rights and Texas’ succession. During the Civil War, Mills rose to the rank of colonel in the Tenth Texas Infantry. He was captured in early 1863 but soon returned to the Confederate Army through a prisoner exchange. Wounded at Missionary Ridge and the Battle of Atlanta, Mills participated in the battles of Wilson’s Creek, Arkansas Post, and Chickamauga.

Following the Civil War, Mills returned to Texas and was elected in 1872 to the House of Representatives, where he supported an end to Reconstruction, federal funds to expand the infrastructure of Texas, and frontier defense as well as introduced the Mills Bill for reduced tariffs. After the bill’s failure in Congress, the tariff became the primary issue in the presidential campaign of 1888. Mills filled John H. Reagan’s vacated Senate seat in 1892. He won the Senatorial election the following year, serving until 1899. Upon retirement, he lived off the profits of his oil wells in Corsicana.

Source: Barr, Alwyn. "Mills, Roger Quarles." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 15, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmi40.

From the guide to the Mills, Roger Quarles, Papers 1940., 1813-1938, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Born in Kentucky, Roger Quarles Mills (1832-1911) moved to Texas in 1849 and, in short order, received an appointment to the staff of the state legislature.

In 1852, he became a lawyer in Corsicana, where he later held public offices. He married Carolyn R. Jones in 1855 and fathered four daughters and one son.

During the 1850s, Mills' political allegiances shifted from the Whig Party to the American Party and finally to the Democratic Party.

As a state legislator from 1859 to 1860, he supported states' rights and Texas' succession. During the Civil War, Mills rose to the rank of colonel in the Tenth Texas Infantry. He was captured in early 1863 but soon returned to the Confederate Army through a prisoner exchange. Wounded at Missionary Ridge and the Battle of Atlanta, Mills participated in the battles of Wilson's Creek, Arkansas Post, and Chickamauga.

Following the Civil War, Mills returned to Texas and was elected in 1872 to the House of Representatives, where he supported an end to Reconstruction, federal funds to expand the infrastructure of Texas, and frontier defense as well as introduced the Mills Bill for reduced tariffs.

After the bill's failure in Congress, the tariff became the primary issue in the presidential campaign of 1888. Mills filled John H. Reagan's vacated Senate seat in 1892. He won the Senatorial election the following year, serving until 1899. Upon retirement, he lived off the profits of his oil wells in Corsicana.

From the description of Mills, Roger Quarles, Papers, 1813-1938 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 706074273

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Subjects:

  • Secession
  • Legislators--Correspondence
  • Politicians--Texas--History--19th century
  • Tariff--History
  • Chickamauga (Ga.) Battle of, 1863
  • Tariff--United States--History
  • Politics, Practical--Texas--History--19th century

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  • Legislators--Texas

Places:

  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • Corsicana (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Texas (as recorded)
  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • Texas (as recorded)
  • Southern States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Corsicana (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)