Friday, July 5, 2013

Wickliffe Hayes Waterhouse (1857-1930), Wickliffe Bond Dashiell (1835-1910)

   Endowed with a rather ostentatious sounding name, Westminster, Massachusetts resident Wickliffe Hayes Waterhouse represented the county of Worcester in the Massachusetts General Court from 1910-1911. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on April 3, 1857, a son of Joseph and Lydia Perkins Waterhouse. W.H. Waterhouse married on April 30, 1880 to Ms. Nellie Cook (1854-1916), and the couple would later have three children, Marcus (1880-1936), Clara M. (1883-) and Bertha (1888-). Waterhouse spent a good majority of his life farming and is listed by sources of the time as being a successful breeder of American Devon cattle and Shropshire sheep. In addition to farming, Waterhouse also participated in Westminster's 150th-anniversary celebration on August 25, 1909, marching in the celebratory parade as an aide to Chief Marshal (and then-incumbent state representative) Frank W. Fenno. 
   Active in Westminster public life, Waterhouse was elected as a selectman for that city in 1909 and had earlier served as a member of the board of assessors. In 1909 he was elected as a Republican to the Massachusetts State House of Representatives and served during the 1910-1911 session, holding a seat on the committee on agriculture during his brief tenure. 
   Following his legislative service, Waterhouse remained a leading light in Westminster, holding memberships in the local Odd Fellows lodge as well as the Grange. Little else could be found on his life, excepting mention of his death on August 12, 1930 at age 73. The portrait of him shown above was found in the 1910 edition of  A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators, which features portraits and brief biographies of all senators and legislators who served in the General Court during that year's session. Also found here was Savillion W. Longley, a one-term representative from Middlesex County profiled here back in January of 2012.

Portrait from the Texas Legislative Referance Library webpage.

    Another "Wickliffe" that made his name known politically was Wickliffe Bond Dashiell of Kaufman County, Texas. A one term representative to the Texas State Assembly from that county, Wickliffe B. Dashiell was born on January 9, 1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, being the son of Alfred and Ann Dashiell. His family would remove to Shelbyville, Tennessee during his childhood and he would return to Pennsylvania during his adolescence to study at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a medical degree from that institution in 1856 and in the following year married in Shelbyville to Catherine Greer, a daughter of John Alexander Greer (1802-1855), a former Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
   In the same year as his marriage Dashiell and his wife removed to Kaufman County, Texas. Here he would farm and practice medicine and at the dawn of the Civil War aligned with the Confederacy, serving as a surgeon with the Nineteenth Texas Calvary Regiment. He would resign that post in 1864 out of health concerns and two years later was elected to represent Kaufman County in the Texas State House of Representatives. His one term (extending from 1866-1870) saw him chair the house committee on education and after leaving office returned to his farming and business interests.
   Wickliffe B. Dashiell relocated to Terrell, Texas in 1881 to except the post of representative for the Houston and Texas Central Railway Company. He remarried here in 1883 (his first wife having died in 1867) and later had two children, including Amos Jones Dashiell (died in infancy in 1882.) Dashiell died in Terrell on August 14, 1910 at age 75 and was later interred at the Oakland Memorial Park in that city.

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