|House Committee on Military Affairs (detail), photograph, 1935-1936, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
MAVERICK, Fontaine Maury, (cousin of Abram P. Maury, nephew of James L. Slayden, and cousin of John W. Fishburne),
a Representative from Texas; born in San Antonio, Tex., October 23,
1895; attended the common schools of Texas, Virginia Military Institute at
Lexington, and the University of Texas at Austin; studied law; was admitted to
the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in San Antonio, Tex.; during the First
World War served as a first lieutenant in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh
Infantry, Fortieth Division, and was overseas with the Twenty-eighth Infantry,
First Division; awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart; engaged in the
lumber, building-material, housing, and mortgage businesses 1925-1930;
collector of taxes of Bexar County, Tex., 1929-1931; delegate to several
Democratic State conventions and to the Democratic National Conventions in 1928
and 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth
Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for
renomination in 1938; mayor of San Antonio 1939-1941; divisional director and
later vice chairman of the War Production Board and chairman of the Smaller War
Plants Corporation, Washington, D.C., 1941-1946; resumed the practice of law;
died in San Antonio, Tex., June 7, 1954; interment in San Jose Burial Park, San
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Maury Maverick: A Political Biography. Austin: University of
Texas Press, 1970; Weiss, Stuart L. Maury Maverick and the Liberal Bloc.
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