Styles, Carey Wentworth (1825–1897)

By: C. Richard King

Type: Biography

Published: July 1, 1995

Carey Wentworth Styles, newspaperman, was born on October 7, 1825, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the son of Gabriel B. Styles, an up-country planter. He volunteered as fourth sergeant in the Palmetto Regiment during the Mexican War and served in Mexico in Company D, commanded by Capt. Preston S. Brooks. He was admitted to the bar in South Carolina in 1850. On November 23, 1852, he and Frances (or Fannie) Jean Evans, daughter of John and Frances Evans of Fayetteville, North Carolina, were married. To them a daughter, Louella Styles Vincent, who became a poet, composer, Chautauqua lecturer, and journalist, was born on September 5, 1853. In 1856 the couple moved from Fayetteville to Georgia. During the Civil War Styles reached the rank of colonel, and after the war he promoted a direct rail line between Augusta and Columbia. In Georgia he founded the Atlanta Constitution, one of the South's outstanding newspapers. He was subsequently owner of two Texas newspapers and served on the editorial staffs of at least six others. On June 1, 1881, he went to work for the Galveston Daily News. He later became managing editor of the Fort Worth Gazette; in 1883 he purchased the Fort Worth Democrat but four months later sold his interest to Frank L. Twombly and C. W. Hoelzle. From March to October 1884 he was managing editor of the Austin Daily Capitol. To explain his proposed Glen Rose Citizen, Styles issued the Glen Rose-Bud, a four-page tabloid, on January 1, 1885. In January-February 1886 he worked for the Fort Worth Evening Mail, but "affairs at home" required his presence, and he resigned. He issued the Bosque Citizen from June 1886 to November 1887, when he sold the presses, type, fixtures, and books to his son-in-law, James Upshur Vincent. Styles immediately became associate editor of the Waco Examiner but retired in January 1888. In March 1888 he became managing editor of the Birmingham (Alabama) Herald but soon returned to Texas because of the illness of his daughter. In August 1889 he joined the staff of the Weatherford Constitution; a year later he became manager and associate editor of his son-in-law's Stephenville Empire, which was sold to G. W. Jenks in June 1891. R. M. Johnston offered Styles a job in the Austin bureau of the Houston Post, and Styles accepted, but the bureau was discontinued in October 1891. After a lingering illness caused by cancer of the lower lip, Styles died in Stephenville, Texas, on February 25, 1897, and was buried in West End Cemetery. He was a thirty-second-degree Mason, a Democrat, and a member of the Texas Press Association. He attended the National Press Association meeting in Denver in September 1887 and appeared on the program as a representative of the Texas delegation. The United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter in Stephenville was named in his honor.

C. Richard King, "Col. Carey Wentworth Styles," Texana 8 (1970).
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Publishers and Executives

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

C. Richard King, “Styles, Carey Wentworth,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995