Joe M. Kilgore
Joe Madison Kilgore
|Member of the |
U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 15th district
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1965
|Preceded by||Lloyd Bentsen|
|Succeeded by||Kika de la Garza|
|Member of the |
Texas House of Representatives
from Hidalgo County
|Preceded by||Eugene Harrell|
|Succeeded by||John Taylor Ellis, Jr.|
|Born||December 10, 1918|
Brownwood, Brown County
|Died||February 10, 1999 (aged 80)|
Austin, Travis County
|Resting place||Texas State Cemetery in Austin|
|Spouse(s)||Jane Redman Kilgore|
|Residence||(1) Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas (2) Austin, Texas|
|Alma mater||Trinity University|
University of Texas School of Law
|Awards||Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with two Oak leaf clusters|
|Branch/service||United States Army Air Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II Mediterranean Theater of Operations|
Born in Brown County, near Brownwood in west central Texas, Kilgore attended the public schools of Rising Star in Eastland County in north central Texas. In 1929, he moved with his family to Mission in south Texas, where he also attended public schools.
From 1935 to 1936, Kilgore attended Trinity University, then known as Westmoreland College, located in San Antonio, Texas. His legal studies were interrupted at the University of Texas School of Law in July 1941 to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps. He was a combat pilot in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
Kilgore was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955 to January 3, 1965), when he was one of the majority of the Texan delegation to decline to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto opposing the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress. Instead, he resumed the practice of law, residing in Austin until his death there on February 10, 1999. He is interred in Austin at the Texas State Cemetery alongside his wife, the former Jane Redman (1923-2006).
- United States Congress. "Joe M. Kilgore (id: K000177)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
| Texas State Representative from District 91 (including Hidalgo County)
John Taylor Ellis, Jr.
| United States Representative from Texas's 15th congressional district
Kika de la Garza