Walter A. Huxman

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Walter A. Huxman
Walter Augustus Huxman.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
May 23, 1939 – April 1, 1957
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byRobert L. Williams
Succeeded byJean Sala Breitenstein
27th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 11, 1937 – January 9, 1939
LieutenantWilliam M. Lindsay
Preceded byAlfred M. Landon
Succeeded byPayne Ratner
Personal details
BornFebruary 16, 1887
Reno County, Kansas
DiedJune 25, 1972(1972-06-25) (aged 85)
Topeka, Kansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Eula M. Biggs
Alma materUniversity of Kansas (LL.B.)
Professionteacher, attorney, politician, judge

Walter Augustus Huxman (February 16, 1887 – June 25, 1972) was the 27th Governor of Kansas and United States federal 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.


  1. ^ "Walter A. Huxman". Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Walter A. Huxman". History of the Federal Judiciary. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Walter A. Huxman". National Governors Association. Retrieved 3 October 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred M. Landon
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Payne Ratner
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Williams
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Succeeded by
Jean Sala Breitenstein