Edwin Augustus Atlee, lawyer and state legislator, was born in Athens, Tennessee, in 1846. He received a classical education and taught Latin and Greek in Athens until January 1873, when he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he taught, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He was county attorney for Nueces County from 1874 to 1879. In 1874 he married Bettie Foster at Corpus Christi. In 1879 he moved to Laredo. From 1880 to 1896 he practiced in partnership with A. L. McLane. Atlee was mayor of Laredo for about seven years. He represented Webb County in the House of Representatives of the Nineteenth and Twentieth legislatures and in the Senate of the Twenty-first and Twenty-second. In the Senate he was chairman of the committee on frontier protection. In his law practice he had many cases dealing with land titles, one of which was the title to the Borrego grant; this case involved the site of the city of Laredo. Atlee was active in breaking up business combinations harmful to cattle raisers of the Western states. In 1889 he promoted the establishment of a deepwater port for South Texas. He practiced law in partnership with his son, Edwin A. Atlee, from 1902 to 1910. He died at Rochester, Minnesota, on January 5, 1910, and was buried at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Lewis E. Daniell, Types of Successful Men in Texas (Austin: Von Boeckmann, 1890). Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]).
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“Atlee, Edwin Augustus,”
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