Robert Kleberg, a lawyer born in DeWitt County, became attorney for Richard King of the fabled King Ranch in South Texas. After King’s death in 1885, Kleberg became manager of the ranch. He later married King’s daughter Alice Gertrudis King. Kleberg introduced Hereford and Durham shorthorn cattle, drilled artesian wells, acquired additional land and presided over diversification of the ranch, including oil and gas development, and horse breeding and racing. Kleberg’s work in tick eradication is regarded as one of his most important contributions to the King Ranch and the cattle industry.