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Robert Ewing Thomason known as R. Ewing Thomason (May 30, 1879 – November 8, 1973) was a Texas politician, a member and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, the mayor of El Paso, a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

R. Ewing Thomason
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
June 1, 1963 – November 8, 1973
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
June 5, 1947 – June 1, 1963
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byCharles Albert Boynton
Succeeded byHomer Thornberry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – July 31, 1947
Preceded byClaude Benton Hudspeth
Succeeded byKenneth M. Regan
Personal details
Robert Ewing Thomason

(1879-05-30)May 30, 1879
Shelbyville, Tennessee
DiedNovember 8, 1973(1973-11-08) (aged 94)
El Paso, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSouthwestern University (B.S.)
University of Texas School of Law (LL.B.)

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, Thomason moved to Gainesville, Texas, with his parents in 1880.[1] He attended public schools, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1898.[1] Thomason received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law in 1900 and was admitted to the bar in 1901, commencing practice in Gainesville.[1] Thomason was the prosecuting attorney of Cooke County, Texas, from 1902 to 1906.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Thomason continued to practice law upon his moving to El Paso, in a law firm with Thomas Calloway Lea, Jr., and later J. G. McGrady and Eugene T. Edwards.[3] He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1917 to 1921, serving as Speaker in 1920 and 1921.[1] Thomason served as the Mayor of El Paso from 1927 to 1930, and was elected to the 72nd United States Congress as a Democrat in 1930.[1] Thomason served from March 4, 1931 until his resignation on July 31, 1947, to take a seat on the federal bench.[1][2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Thomason was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on April 24, 1947, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas vacated by Judge Charles Albert Boynton. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 3, 1947, and received his commission on June 5, 1947. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1963. He served in senior status in El Paso until his death there on November 8, 1973. He was interred in Restlawn Cemetery in El Paso.[1][2]


El Paso County Hospital District's University Medical Center, was named in his honor from 1963 until 2009.[4] In 2016 the United States courthouse in El Paso was renamed in his honor.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "THOMASON, Robert Ewing - Biographical Information". Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Robert Ewing Thomason at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ "Legacy of RE Thomason". UMC Foundation. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. ^ Long, Trish. "R.E. Thomason was state legislator, congressman, district judge and mayor". El Paso Times. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the "R.E. Thomason Federal Building and United States Courthouse". (2016 - H.R. 5873)". Retrieved 2019-03-28.


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Civic offices
Preceded by
H. P. Jackson
Mayor of El Paso
Succeeded by
A. B. Poe
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Claude Benton Hudspeth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Kenneth M. Regan
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Albert Boynton
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Succeeded by
Homer Thornberry