Charles Marion Lesuer, also known as LeSueur, planter, public servant, and Confederate officer, was born in Madison County, Alabama, on December 29, 1824, the son of Littleberry and Penelope (King) LeSueur. Soon after his birth, Lesuer's family moved to Mississippi, where he was raised, becoming involved both with the Presbyterian Church and the Masons. Lesuer studied liberal arts at Princeton College in Kentucky. In 1846 he volunteered for service in the Mexican War and served as a second lieutenant in the Second Mississippi Rifles. Following the war, on September 17, 1848, Lesuer married Eliza Kennedy Gordon in Tippah, Mississippi. The couple had one daughter.
In 1852 Lesuer moved to Williamson County, Texas, where he established himself as a planter. Lesuer became a prominent citizen in both Williamson and nearby Milam County and established a residence in the town of San Andres. Following the death of his first wife in 1855, Lesuer married Annie E. Nowlin in Austin, Texas, on April 6, 1858. Lesuer served as state representative for Milam and Robertson counties, during the Seventh Legislature, between November 1857 and February 1858. In early 1861 he represented Milam and Williamson counties in the Secession Convention and later in the year was reelected to the state legislature.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, however, Lesuer had, in September 1861, raised a company of cavalry, the "San Andres Light Horse Company," in Milam County for service in the Confederate army. Lesuer declined his seat in the legislature, opting instead to become a captain in the Fourth Texas Cavalry Regiment, when his company was incorporated into that unit at San Antonio in late September. He was commissioned as major on April 14, 1863. Lesuer received promotion to lieutenant colonel prior to the surrender of his unit on May 26, 1865. Following the war, he returned to Central Texas and resumed his leadership in the community. He served as Milam County commissioner during 1866 and 1869. In 1878 he was elected treasurer of Williamson County. Lesuer died on September 17, 1889, in Williamson County and was buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.
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“Lesuer, Charles Marion,”
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