MAVERICK, Fontaine Maury, (1895 - 1954)


"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 Antonio, Tex.


Bibliography

Doyle, Judith Kaas. ‘’Out of Step: Maury Maverick and the Politics of the Depression and the New Deal.” Ph.D. diss., University of Texas at Austin, 1989; Henderson, Richard B. Maury Maverick: A Political Biography. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970; Weiss, Stuart L. “Maury Maverick and the Liberal Bloc.” Journal of American History 57 (March 1971): 880-95.