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DEMORSE, LESLIE CAZNEAU (1841–1902). Leslie Cazneau DeMorse, state representative and county official, was born in Austin, Texas, on August 18, 1841, the son of Lodiska C. (Woolridge) and Charles DeMorse. The elder DeMorse was a prominent citizen during the Texas Republic and early statehood, being at various times a noted lawyer, politician, soldier, and journalist. DeMorse himself was raised in Texas and settled at Bowie County prior to the 1870s. During the Civil War he served as a staff lieutenant. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Seven—comprised of Cass, Bowie, Marion, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity, and Angelina counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. DeMorse continued his public service following his return to Bowie County, serving as postmaster for New Boston in 1877. In 1882 he was listed in the Texarkana business directory as the president of the Bank of Texarkana. Leslie C. DeMorse died in Bowie County on May 6, 1902, and was buried there at Rose Hill Cemetery.


Bowie County, Texas & Genealogy (, accessed August 6, 2007. A Genealogy Place (, accessed August 6, 2007. IGI Individual Record: Leslie Cazneau DeMorse (, accessed August 6, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, "DEMORSE, LESLIE CAZNEAU," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on August 20, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.