This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter xxviii. mrs. lucy holcomb pickens--mrs. mary mercer ord. Mrs. Lucy Holcomb Pickens.--A very graceful writer of Texas reminiscences, in recalling the incidents of pioneer life in the young Republic, speaks of his companions in the primitive schoolhouse of that day, among whom he refers, by name, to four charming pupils of the little girl class as "a quartette of the most noted beauties and loveliest women Texas has ever produced." He also describes Adelaide McCord, "one of the most famous women of modern times, known to fame as Adah Isaacs Menken," whose life, it may be mentioned, we have presented in this, our gallery of Prominent Women. "But," continues the writer of the reminiscences, after passing this bright array in review, "the loveliest, purest and best of all this brilliant coterie of early schoolmates, was the stately and matchless beauty, Lucy Holcomb, who stands without a peer in magnificent Texas womanhood." This incomparable woman, this woman "without a peer," was destined to a career as splendid in the country's history as had been her brief reign among her rustic companions in the wilds of primeval Texas. In 1856 she married Colonel Pickens, member of Congress from South Carolina, and was at once crowned queen of Edgewood, her husband's ancestral home in Edgefield County of that State. In the year following her marriage, her husband was appointed by President Buchanan, minister to represent the United States government near the imperial court of St. Petersburg. She there became a favorite, and was recognized as a particular star in the diplomatic constellation of the bright capital. Her only child was born in the midst of the resplendent trappings of royalty, for the Empress had provided...
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