Once in a while I stumble across articles that I find interesting.  This is one of those. With permission from the fine folks in Texas, I am sharing this article about a gentleman that was born in Vinton and later settled in Texas having a rather interesting career. 

Thank you to the folks at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for your permission to share this story!

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Cato Sells (1859-1948) was a man of many talents and many causes, which included Native Americans, the Democratic party, Christianity, and Fort Worth.

Born in Vinton, Iowa, in 1859, he grew up without a father, went to Cornell College and read the law before passing the Iowa bar exam in 1880. A staunch Democrat, he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa in 1894.

In 1907 he moved his family to Texas, taking up residence in Cleburne, but Fort Worth became like a second home. He quickly established himself as “a lawyer of reputation.” Sells was also a gifted public speaker. One of his most popular talks was “The Trial of Christ from a Lawyer’s Standpoint.”

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