James Allred

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James Allred
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Allred in 1937
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
October 13, 1949 – September 24, 1959
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded bySeat established by 63 Stat. 493
Succeeded byReynaldo Guerra Garza
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
February 23, 1939 – May 14, 1942
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded bySeat established by 52 Stat. 584
Succeeded byAllen Burroughs Hannay
33rd Governor of Texas
In office
January 15, 1935 – January 17, 1939
LieutenantWalter Frank Woodul
Preceded byMiriam A. Ferguson
Succeeded byW. Lee O'Daniel
Attorney General of Texas
In office
1931–1935
GovernorRoss S. Sterling
Preceded byRobert L. Bobbitt
Succeeded byWilliam McCraw
Personal details
Born
James Burr V Allred

(1899-03-29)March 29, 1899
Bowie, Texas
DiedSeptember 24, 1959(1959-09-24) (aged 60)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCumberland School of Law (LL.B.)

James Burr V Allred[Note 1][1] (March 29, 1899 – September 24, 1959) was the 33rd Governor of Texas. He later served, twice, as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Education and career[edit]

Born on March 29, 1899, in Bowie, Texas, the son of Renne and Mary (Henson) Allred Sr., Allred graduated from Bowie High School in 1917.[1] He enrolled at Rice Institute (now Rice University) but withdrew for financial reasons.[1] He then served with the United States Immigration Service.[1] He served in the United States Navy from 1918 to 1919. He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1921 from Cumberland School of Law (then part of Cumberland University, now part of Samford University). He was in private practice in Wichita Falls, Texas from 1921 to 1923 and from 1926 to 1931. He was district attorney in Wichita Falls from 1923 to 1926. He was Attorney General of Texas from 1931 to 1935. He was Governor of Texas from 1935 to 1939.[2] He was an ardent Democrat and supporter of the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[1]

First district court term[edit]

Allred received a recess appointment to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on July 11, 1938, but he declined the appointment.[2]

Allred was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 5, 1939, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to a new seat authorized by 52 Stat. 584. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 16, 1939, and received his commission on February 23, 1939. His service terminated on May 15, 1942, due to his resignation.[2]

Senate run and intervening service[edit]

Allred was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate from Texas in 1942. He then returned to private practice in Houston, Texas, from 1943 to 1949.[2]

Second district court term[edit]

Allred was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on September 23, 1949, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to a new seat authorized by 63 Stat. 493. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1949, and received his commission on October 13, 1949. His service terminated on September 24, 1959, due to his death. He died in Corpus Christi, Texas.[2]

Honor[edit]

The Allred House in Westmoreland, Houston,[3] where he lived from 1939 until 1940

James V. Allred Unit, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) state prison for men in Wichita Falls, Texas, near Iowa Park, is named for Allred.[citation needed]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ The "V" was a name, not an initial.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e EWING, FLOYD F. (9 June 2010). "ALLRED, JAMES BURR V". tshaonline.org.
  2. ^ a b c d e James V. Allred at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ "Westmoreland_Walking_Tour_Pages_4,5.pdf" (PDF). Westmoreland Preservation Alliance. Retrieved 2017-08-18.

Sources[edit]

  • Ex-Governor Allred Dies After Seizure. Dallas Morning News, September 25, 1959, sec. I, p. 1.
  • Fiery Allred Got Into Politics Early. Dallas Morning News, September 25, 1959, sec. I, p. 3.
  • James V. Allred of U.S. Bench, 60. New York Times, September 25, 1959.
  • Joe Betsy Allred, widow of former governor, dies. Dallas Morning News, June 9, 1993, p. 30A.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Miriam A. Ferguson
Governor of Texas
1935–1939
Succeeded by
W. Lee O'Daniel
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Bobbitt
Attorney General of Texas
1931–1935
Succeeded by
William McCraw
Preceded by
Seat established by 52 Stat. 584
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1939–1942
Succeeded by
Allen Burroughs Hannay
Preceded by
Seat established by 63 Stat. 493
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1949–1959
Succeeded by
Reynaldo Guerra Garza