THOMASON, Robert Ewing, a Representative from Texas; born in Shelbyville, Bedford County,
Tenn., May 30, 1879; moved to Gainesville, Cooke County, Tex., with his parents
in 1880; attended the public schools; was graduated from Southwestern
University, Georgetown, Tex., in 1898 and from the law department of the
University of Texas at Austin, LL.D., 1900; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and
commenced practice in Gainesville, Tex.; prosecuting attorney of Cooke County,
Tex., 1902-1906; moved to El Paso, Tex., in 1911 and continued the practice of
law; member of the State house of representatives 1917-1921, and served as
speaker in 1920 and 1921; mayor of El Paso 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to
the Seventy-second Congress; reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses and
served from March 4, 1931, until his resignation on July 31, 1947, having been
appointed United States district judge for the western district of Texas;
retired as senior judge; resided in El Paso, Tex., until his death there
November 8, 1973; interment in Restlawn Cemetery.
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Thomason; The Autobiography of a Federal Judge. Edited and
annotated by Joseph M. Ray. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1971.