Horace Worth Vaughan

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Horace Worth Vaughan
U.S. District Court
In office
Preceded by Sanford B. Dole
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded by John Morris Sheppard
Succeeded by Eugene Black
Member of the Texas State Senate
In office
District Attorney
In office
City Attorney
Texarkana, Texas
In office
Personal details
Born (1867-12-02)December 2, 1867
Marion County, Texas
Died November 10, 1922(1922-11-10) (aged 54)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Resting place Oahu Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pearl Lockett
Children Three
Religion Methodist

Horace Worth Vaughan (December 2, 1867 – November 10, 1922) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician.

Early life[edit]

Vaughan was born to George T. and Tippah Leary Vaughan, on December 2, 1867 in Marion County, Texas.[1]

He was admitted to the bar in 1885.

Legislative career[edit]


From 1890 to 1898 he was city attorney for Texarkana, Texas.[2] From 1910 until 1912 he was a member of the Texas State Senate and in the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1915.


Vaughan moved to Honolulu in the Territory of Hawaii and became assistant United States district attorney on October 1, 1915. By December 22, 1915 he was promoted to United States district attorney, and after the retirement of Sanford B. Dole was appointed by Woodrow Wilson as judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii on May 15, 1916.[3]

Vaughan was a political supporter of Woodrow Wilson and advocated states to pass prohibition, which he opposed at a national level because he believed that it would violate states rights.

Personal life and death[edit]

Vaughn married Pearl Lockett on November 21, 1888. The couple had three children.

On November 10, 1922 he was found dead in his Honolulu home with a bullet wound to his neck and a gun by his side. He is believed to have committed suicide.[4] He was buried in Oahu Cemetery.[2]

His daughter Jean Vaughan Gilbert (1904–1975) was one of the first women lawyers in Hawaii, and became city attorney of Honolulu.[5]

Fraternal memberships[edit]


  1. ^ Harper Jr., Cecil. "Horace Worth Vaughan". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Ben R. Guttery (March 2, 2008). Representing Texas. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth H. Ryan, ed. (1918). Reports of causes determined in the United States District court for the district of Hawaii. Hawaiian Gazette company. p. iii. 
  4. ^ "Federal Judge Dead". Associated Press. 11 November 1922. 
  5. ^ Bambi E. Weil (September 1992). "Jean Vaughan Gilbert". In Mari J. Matsuda. Called from within: early women lawyers of Hawaiʻi. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 86–104. ISBN 978-0-8248-1448-9. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Morris Sheppard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Eugene Black
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sanford B. Dole
U.S. District Court Judge
Succeeded by