Walter A. Huxman
Walter A. Huxman
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
May 23, 1939 – April 1, 1957
|Appointed by||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Robert L. Williams|
|Succeeded by||Jean Sala Breitenstein|
|27th Governor of Kansas|
January 11, 1937 – January 9, 1939
|Lieutenant||William M. Lindsay|
|Preceded by||Alfred M. Landon|
|Succeeded by||Payne Ratner|
|Born||February 16, 1887|
Reno County, Kansas
|Died||June 25, 1972 (aged 85)|
|Spouse(s)||Eula M. Biggs|
|Alma mater||University of Kansas (LL.B.)|
|Profession||teacher, attorney, politician, judge|
Huxman was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas and grew up on the family farm attending the local schools. He became a school teacher and from 1907 to 1909 he was principal of the Castleton Grade school and in 1910, principal of the Pretty Prairie Grade School. He attended Kansas State Normal School (now Emporia State Teachers College) for two years and the University of Kansas School of Law where he received an LL.B. in 1914. On January 21, 1915, he married Eula E. Biggs and they had one daughter, Ruth.
When he was admitted to the Kansas State Bar, Huxman formed a partnership with Charles S. Fulton in Hutchinson, Kansas. As well as being in private practice from 1919 to 1937, he was an Assistant County Attorney of Kansas from 1915 to 1919, a City attorney from 1919 to 1921, and a Member of the Kansas State Tax Commission from 1931 to 1932.
An accomplished keynote speaker and chairman at the 1936 Democratic State Convention, Huxman was drafted as gubernatorial candidate. He won the election and was sworn in as the Governor of Kansas on January 11, 1937. Huxman's election as governor came in the same year that incumbent Alf Landon failed to carry Kansas in his presidential race against Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
During his tenure, World War I Soldier bonuses were paid, unemployment compensations benefits were approved, and driver's license regulations were amended.
Huxman ran for re-election in 1938 but was defeated by Republican Payne Ratner. After his term as governor, Huxman was nominated to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Huxman was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 24, 1939, to the seat vacated by Robert Lee Williams. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 17, 1939, and received his commission on May 23, 1939. He assumed senior status on April 1, 1957.
Huxman's service was terminated on June 25, 1972, due to death. He is interred at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.
- Walter August Huxman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Walter A. Huxman at Find a Grave
- National Governors Association bio
Alfred M. Landon
| Governor of Kansas
Robert L. Williams
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Jean Sala Breitenstein