Dr. A. B. Flint, M. D

"The rod of Asclepius symbolizes the healing arts by combining the serpent, which in shedding its skin is a symbol of rebirth and fertility, with the staff, a symbol of authority befitting the god of Medicine. The snake wrapped around the staff is widely claimed to be a species of rat snake, Elaphe longissima, also known as the Aesculapian or Asclepian snake."



A. B. FLINT, M. D.,

JEFFERSON, Representative from the Third district, composed of Marion, Cass and Bowie counties, was born near Aberdeen, in Munro county, Miss., March 14, 1835, and came to Texas in 1841 with his parents, Gideon and Harriet (Thomas) Flint, who located near Marshall, in Harrison county, where they resided until the time of their respective deaths. They were among; the leading and most highly respected citizens of that portion of the state and their home was the seat of a generous hospitality. Young Flint passed through and has a vivid recollection of the regulator and moderator troubles and other stirring series of events incident to the early settlement of Eastern Texas. He attended such local schools as the country afforded; completed his literary education at McKenzie college, Clarksville, Texas; read medicine under Dr. W. S. Fowler, of Tyler, Texas, in 1858; attended medical lectures at the University ol Louisiana; began practice in Upshur county, Texas, in 1860, and after the war located in Marion county, Texas, where he has since resided; has enjoyed for many years a large practice and now owns farming, milling and ginning interests.

Dr. Flint has attended every Democratic county convention held in Marion county during the past twenty-five years and many district, congressional and state conventions; was a member of the state convention that nominated O. M. Roberts as a dark horse for the governorship; was active in reconstructing his county after the overthrow of radical and carpet-bag rule; served for ten years as county commissioner of Marion county; is a Democrat who has never deviated from true Democratic principles as taught and practiced .by Jefierson and Jackson; has never scratched the name of a party nominee, and has been invariably successful in carrying his locality for the party ticket, state and national. He is opposed to a multiplicity of public offices and favors a government administered with as strict regard to economy as is consistent with the attainment of the ends for which free governments are organized, namely, the establishment and maintenance of peace and the prosperity and happiness of the people who compose them, and holds that this should be a government of and for the people, a government of equal responsibilities and benefits and like the atmosphere that surrounds us, should give life and vitality to the body politic without its weight being unduly felt. Holding these views he deems that some changes should be made in our present state constitution and favors the calling of a state constitutional convention for that purpose.

He entered the Confederate army, then under the command of General Beauregard at Corinth, Miss., in February, 1862; was surgeon of the Tenth Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Ector's Brigade, M. F. Lock, Colonel, Army of Tennessee and Georgia, at various times commanded by Generals Beauregard, Johnson, Bragg and Hood; remained with his command until the surrender in 1865; was never absent from it during that time and participated in every battle in which it was engaged: Murfreesboro, under Bragg; the battles around Vicksburg, under Johnson; the eight days fight - ing at Jackson, Miss., under Johnson; the battle of Chickamauga, under Bragg; the four months fighting under Johnson from Dai- ton to Atlanta, Ga.; the fighting around and incident to the retreat from Atlanta and the battle of Jonesboro, under Hood. He also took part in Hood's great flank movement around Sherman, who then occupied Atlanta; retreated with him into Tennessee and participated in the battles of Columbus, Franklin and Nashville, and was with his regiment in the battle of Old Spanish Fort, where it made its last stand and fired its last volley in defense of the Confederacy; a few days thereafter surrendered with his comrades in arms at Meridian, Miss., and, when paroled, returned to his home in Texas.

Dr. Flint married Miss S. E. Craver, daughter of L. T. Craver, near Jefferson, Texas, on the 26th of October, 1865. Dr. Flint is a member of the following House committees: Constitutional Amendments, Public Health and Vital Statistics, Mining and Minerals, and Roads, Bridges and Ferries. A ripe scholar and robust thinker, familiar with the needs of the state and animated by a desire to promote the general welfare, his record at the close of the session will be such as to fully justify the expectations of the intelligent constituency which he has the honor to represent.

Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment - Page 114

by E. H. Loughery - 1897