R. Ewing Thomason
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
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas|
June 1, 1963 – November 8, 1973
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas|
June 5, 1947 – June 1, 1963
|Appointed by||Harry S. Truman|
|Preceded by||Charles Albert Boynton|
|Succeeded by||Homer Thornberry|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 16th district
March 4, 1931 – July 31, 1947
|Preceded by||Claude Benton Hudspeth|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth M. Regan|
Robert Ewing Thomason
May 30, 1879
|Died||November 8, 1973 (aged 94)|
El Paso, Texas
|Education||Southwestern 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. He attended public schools, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1898. 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. Thomason was the prosecuting attorney of Cooke County, Texas, from 1902 to 1906.
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. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1917 to 1921, serving as Speaker in 1920 and 1921. 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. Thomason served from March 4, 1931 until his resignation on July 31, 1947, to take a seat on the federal bench.
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.
- "THOMASON, Robert Ewing - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- Robert Ewing Thomason at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "Legacy of RE Thomason". umcfoundationelpaso.org. UMC Foundation. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- Long, Trish. "R.E. Thomason was state legislator, congressman, district judge and mayor". El Paso Times. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- "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)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- Robert Ewing Thomason from the Handbook of Texas Online
- R. E. Thomason Shaped City, State, Nation - El Paso Community College Borderlands project
- El Paso County, Texas - Political Graveyard
H. P. Jackson
| Mayor of El Paso
A. B. Poe
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Claude Benton Hudspeth
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th congressional district
Kenneth M. Regan
Charles Albert Boynton
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas