KLEBERG, Rudolph, (1847 - 1924)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

KLEBERG, Rudolph, (great uncle of Robert Christian Eckhardt, uncle of Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Sr.), a Representative from Texas; born in Cat Spring, Austin County, Tex., on June 26, 1847; instructed by private tutors; was graduated from Concrete College, De Witt County, in 1868; enlisted in Tom Green’s brigade of Cavalry in the Confederate Army in the spring of 1864 and served until the close of the Civil War; studied law in San Antonio, Tex.; was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Cuero, Tex.; established the Cuero Star in 1873; prosecuting attorney of De Witt County 1876-1890; member of the State senate 1882-1886; appointed United States attorney for the western district of Texas in 1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William H. Crain; reelected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from April 7, 1896, to March 3, 1903; was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; resumed the practice of law; moved to Austin, Tex., in 1905; appointed official reporter for the court of criminal appeals February 24, 1905, and served until his death in Austin, December 28, 1924; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.