R. Ewing Thomason

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Robert Ewing Thomason
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
June 1, 1963 – November 8, 1973
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
July 31, 1947 – June 1, 1963
Appointed by Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Charles Albert Boynton
Succeeded by Homer Thornberry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – July 31, 1947
Preceded by Claude Benton Hudspeth
Succeeded by Kenneth M. Regan
Texas House of Representatives
In office
1917–1921
Personal details
Born (1879-05-30)May 30, 1879
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Died November 8, 1973(1973-11-08) (aged 94)
El Paso, Texas
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Southwestern University B.S.
University of Texas School of Law LL.B.
Profession Attorney

Robert Ewing Thomason (May 30, 1879 – November 8, 1973) was a Texas politician, a member and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, the mayor of El Paso, a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, Thomason moved to Gainesville, Texas, with his parents in 1880.[1] He attended public schools, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1898.[1] Thomason received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law in 1900 and was admitted to the bar in 1901, commencing practice in Gainesville.[1] Thomason was the prosecuting attorney of Cooke County, Texas, from 1902 to 1906.

Professional career[edit]

Thomason continued to practice law upon his moving to El Paso, in a law firm with Thomas Calloway Lea, Jr., and later J. G. McGrady and Eugene T. Edwards.[2] He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1917 to 1921, serving as speaker in 1920 and 1921.[1] Thomason served as the Mayor of El Paso from 1927 to 1930, and was elected to the 72nd United States Congress as a Democrat in 1930.[1] Thomason served from March 4, 1931 until his resignation on July 31, 1947, to take a seat on the federal bench.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Thomason served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He was nominated by President Harry S Truman on April 24, 1947, to a seat vacated by Charles A. Boynton. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 3, 1947, and received commission on June 5, 1947. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1963. He served in senior status in El Paso until his death there on November 8, 1973. He was interred in Restlawn Cemetery.[1]

Personal[edit]

Thomason did not normally use his first name and was known as R. Ewing Thomason or Ewing Thomason.

El Paso County Hospital District's University Medical Center, was named in his honor for about fifty years, until 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "THOMASON, Robert Ewing - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Legacy of RE Thomason". umcfoundationelpaso.org. UMC Foundation. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 

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External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

Civic offices
Preceded by
H.P. Jackson
Mayor of El Paso
1927–1930
Succeeded by
A.B. Poe
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Claude Benton Hudspeth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th congressional district

March 4, 1931 – July 31, 1947
Succeeded by
Kenneth M. Regan
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Albert Boynton
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
1947–1963
Succeeded by
Homer Thornberry