- William Reason Reagan went to Texas in 1849 and settled first in Red River
County. There he attended McKinney College. After leaving that institution,
he taught school for two years at Marlin, Falls County. During his spare time,
he studied law and in 1857 was admitted to the bar. He opened an office and
practiced law. In 1874, he romoved to Reagan, a small town named for him. In
1880, he moved to Georgetown where he lived until his death.
During the Civil War, he first enlisted in the 13th Cavalry, but in 1862, was
appointed enrolling officer for Falls County. While the war was in progress,
he was entrusted with an important mission to Richmond, Virginia in the
interest of the Postal service of the Confederacy.
In 1865, he was elected judge of Falls County.
"The Waco Examiner" records an episoded that took place during the
reconstruction days in the State of Texas:
"Judge Reagan, from Falls County, was arrested on the 5th inst., on the square,
and carried to the military camp. The following are the particular: The Judge
was suspected of having thrown a brick-bat into the military camp, and upon
this suspicion was arrested by the soldiers, and liberated shortly after his
arrest. The Judge again appeared on the square armed, and the Sheriff, Mr.
Morris, interpreting his demonstration as hostile, arrested him again, and upon
which he was taken by the U.S. soldiers in the custody at their camps."
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 9, 13.
"The Book of Ragan/Reagan", Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 47, 58, 59.