Thomas Henry Ball

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Thomas Henry Ball
Thomas H. Ball (Texas Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byJoseph C. Hutcheson
Succeeded byMorris Sheppard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – November 16, 1903
Preceded bySamuel W.T. Lanham
Succeeded byJohn M. Pinckney
Personal details
Born(1859-01-14)January 14, 1859
Huntsville, Texas
DiedMay 7, 1944(1944-05-07) (aged 85)
Houston, Texas
Resting placeForest Park Cemetery, Houston
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Minnie Thompson (m. 1882)
ChildrenMinnie, David, Rebecca, and 3 adopted children
Alma materAustin College
University of Virginia School of Law
Professionlawyer (admitted to bar 1886)

Thomas Henry Ball (January 14, 1859 – May 7, 1944) was a Texas politician and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He was mayor of Huntsville, Texas, from 1877 to 1892, and moved to Houston in 1902.[3]

Thomas Henry Ball and Frank Andrews formed a law firm in Houston in 1902. Melvin Kurth joined in 1913. Andrews Kurth was important to Texas railroad firms early in the twentieth century. It represented Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Federal National Mortgage Corporation, New Deal agencies. In the early twenty-first century, Andrews Kurth had offices in London and Beijing, and employed more than 400 lawyers. [4]

He held many posts in the Democratic Party of Texas, and unsuccessfully sought the 1914 nomination to be Governor of Texas on a prohibition platform, despite endorsements from President Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan. His Houston law practice represented chiefly railroads and corporations, and he promoted Texas port facilities both in Congress and after. He was general counsel for the Port Commission of Houston. He was a delegate at the 1892 Democratic National Convention, and in 1924, and 1928.[1][3]

Because Ball had been instrumental in routing a railroad through Peck, Texas, the town was renamed Tomball, Texas, in his honor in 1907.[5]


  1. ^ a b Guttery, Ben R. (2008). Representing Texas : a comprehensive history of U.S. and Confederate senators and representatives from Texas. pp. 18–19. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  2. ^ Dodge, Andrew R.; Koed, Betty K. (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, Inclusive (16th ed.). Government Printing Office.
  3. ^ a b Price, Gary. "BALL, THOMAS HENRY [1859-1944]". The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  4. ^ "Special Marketing Section". Women of Color. Career Communications Group. Autumn 2009. p. 63. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  5. ^ Hudnall, Ken; Hudnall, Sharon (August 15, 2005). Spirits of the Border V: The History And Mystery of the Lone Star State. 5. Omega Press. p. 454. ISBN 9780962608797. Retrieved 2012-12-19.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Chappell Hutcheson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by
Morris Sheppard
Preceded by
Samuel W.T. Lanham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1903 – November 16, 1903
Succeeded by
John M. Pinckney