George D. Manion, lawyer, state legislator, and Civil War veteran, was born on August 15, 1835, in Todd County, Kentucky. He studied law in Blandville, Kentucky, under Judge Charles Marshall. Manion came to Texas in 1857 and began to practice law in Athens. Sometime before 1860 he married Texana Ratliff, a native Texan whose father, William D. Ratliff, fought in the Texas Revolution. As a reward for Ratliff's service, he was given a large tract of land in Henderson County; George and Texana lived on a parcel of this land. In 1861 Manion was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for Henderson and Kaufman counties. He served for one year and in 1862 raised a company of men to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Manion's company became a part of the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry. Manion was chosen to serve as captain, and on January 11, 1863, he was taken prisoner by the Union forces at Arkansas Post. He was sent to Camp Chase in Ohio and then later to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island in Delaware. He was exchanged and then became part of Granbury's Texas Brigade, Cleburne's Division, Army of the Tennessee. On May 27, 1864, he fought at the Battle of Pickett's Mill. On July 22, 1864, he was wounded at the Battle of Atlanta. After recovering from his wound, he resigned from the army and came home in early 1865. He resumed his law practice in Athens and then moved to Kaufman County in 1871.
On November 30, 1878, Manion was elected to serve as Kaufman county attorney. He remained in that office until November 16, 1880. After his term was finished, he maintained two law practices, one in Athens and one in Kaufman, with his law partner Joseph Huffmaster.
Manion died on January 2, 1892, and is buried in the Kaufman City Cemetery.
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Kaufman County Rootsweb, "Texana Ratliff Manion" (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txkaufma), accessed October 3, 2006.
Eighth Legislature (1859-1861)
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Original Publication Date:
September 2, 2008