Mathew Ector

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Mathew Duncan Ector
Born (1822-02-28)February 28, 1822
Putnam County, Georgia
Died October 29, 1879(1879-10-29) (aged 57)
Tyler, Texas
Buried at Greenwood Cemetery, (Harrison County, Texas)
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–65
Rank Confederate States of America General.png Brigadier General
Unit 3rd Texas Cavalry
Commands held 14th Texas Cavalry
Ector's Brigade
Battles/wars American Civil War

Mathew Duncan Ector (February 28, 1822 – October 29, 1879) was an American legislator, Texas jurist, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Ector was born in Putnam County, Georgia, to Hugh and Dorothy Ector. The family moved to Greenville, Georgia, soon after. He was educated at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, before reading for law in the office of Hiram B. Warner. Ector served a single term in the Georgia state legislature in 1842 before moving to Texas in 1850.

Ector was admitted to the bar in 1851 in Henderson, Texas, and began the practice of law. That same year he married Letitia Graham, who died in 1859. In 1856 he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from Rusk County.

In Atlanta in 1864, he wed Sallie P. Chew. One daughter of this marriage, Anne Ector, became the wife of Louisiana Governor Ruffin Pleasant (1916–1920).

Civil War[edit]

When the Civil War broke out, Ector enlisted as a private in the 3rd Texas Cavalry of the Confederate army. He was soon elected lieutenant. He served as adjutant to Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Hogg and saw action in Texas and Arkansas. He was promoted to colonel and given command of the 14th Texas Cavalry. Then in August 1862, he was promoted again to brigadier general and assigned command of a brigade. He fought at the Battle of Murfreesboro in Tennessee and Chickamauga in Georgia. He and his men were then assigned duty in Mississippi, returning in time for the Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864.

Ector's military career essentially ended on July 27, 1864, in fighting near Atlanta, Georgia. He was severely wounded and his left leg was amputated at the knee. The war ended before his recovery was complete, although he did travel to Mobile, Alabama, to assume command of the defenses there late in early 1865.


Matthew returned to Texas, and moved to Marshall in 1868. After serving in several local judicial roles, he was elected to the Texas Court of Appeals in 1875, serving until his death in Tyler, Texas, in 1879. His remains were returned to the Methodist church in Marshall, and he in buried in the Greenwood Cemetery there.


Ector County, Texas, is named for him.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 114. 


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