Aragorn Storm Miller

LINN, EDWARD DANIEL (1848–1898). Edward Daniel Linn, newspaper editor, publisher, state representative, and state senator, was born in Victoria County, Texas, on December 18, 1848, the son of John Joseph Linn and Margaret C. (Daniels) Linn. His father was an early Texas pioneer, having been a Texian leader during the 1836 Texas Revolution and a prominent businessman and politician during the Republic of Texas and early statehood period. Soon after the Civil War, Edward Linn began editing the Victoria Advocate. In 1874 he became co-owner of this paper. He continued in this capacity until 1878 at which time he became the sole owner of the publication. He sold the paper in 1888. During this time Linn was also active in state and local politics.

He served as clerk for the Twelfth Texas Legislature, won election as representative to the Fourteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Nineteenth Texas legislatures, and was a state senator to the Twenty-fifth Legislature. During these sessions Linn represented, in aggregate, the following counties: Aransas, Jackson, Calhoun, Victoria, DeWitt, Goliad, Refugio, Bee, Live Oak, Karnes, Wilson, Atascosa, McMullen, LaSalle, Frio, San Patricio, and Karnes. As a senator Linn was chair of the Committee on Insurance, Statistics, and History as well as the Committee on Claims and Accounts. He was also a member of the Committee on Finance, Public Land, Commerce, and Manufactures, and the Committee on County Boundaries and Public Printing. Linn also served the Federal government, first as U.S. Consul at Piedras Negras, Mexico, from 1885 through 1886 and later as U.S. Customs Collector, Saluria District—located at Eagle Pass, Maverick County—from 1888 through 1890.

Linn married Mary Augusta "Gussie" Alice West in Victoria County on May 23, 1889. This couple had four daughters. He sat on the board of directors and also served as secretary for the New York, Texas, and Mexican Railway Company. Toward the end of the 1890s Linn's health steadily deteriorated. Linn died in Goliad County, evidently having relocated for health reasons, on January 27, 1898. He was a Catholic. Today Linn is mentioned in a Texas Historical Marker commemorating the status of the Advocate as the second oldest newspaper in continuous operation in the state.

The History and Heritage of Victoria County, Volume III (Austin: Nortex, 2003). Frances Terry Ingmire, Victoria County, Texas, Marriage Records, 1838–1890 (St. Louis, 1981). E. H. Loughery, Texas State Government (Austin: McLeod and Jackson, 1897). Members of the Texas Legislature from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Victoria Advocate (, accessed August 13, 2007. Victoria County, Texas, "Family Histories" (, accessed August 13, 2007.

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