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This Day in Texas History: Freethinker Whipped in Bell County

This Day in Texas History: Freethinker Whipped in Bell County October 6, 1877 On this day in 1877, botanist and doctor Levi James Russell was whipped for being an infidel and free thinker. The Georgia native was born in 1831 and in 1868 moved to Harrisville, Texas, where he bought a farm and practiced medicine.…
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This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud

This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud June 20, 1874 On this day in 1874, R. P. “Scrap” Taylor and two others were lynched at Clinton, Texas. The incident was part of the notorious Sutton-Taylor feud, which grew out of violent Reconstruction-era politics. The Suttons were allied with the Reconstruction authorities, particularly…
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