A Guide to the Maury Maverick, Jr. Papers on the Reinterment of Joseph H. Barnard, 1979-1982
Maury Maverick, Jr. was born in San Antonio, Texas, on 1921 January 3, the son of Democratic Congressman Fontaine Maury Maverick (1895-1954) and Terrell Louise Dobbs (1901-1994). His great-grandfather Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870) signed the Texas Declaration of Independence; his paternal grandparents were Albert and Jane Lewis Maury Maverick. After graduating from the Texas Military Institute (1938) and receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin (1942), Maverick served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, rising to the rank of major. He attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, and in 1949 received a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Influenced by his father, Maverick began a career in politics. He represented San Antonio as a liberal Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives from 1951 to 1957. During his three terms, Maverick contested Jim Crow laws, supported labor unions, and derailed an effort by the legislature to extend the death penalty to Communist Party members. In 1960, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Lyndon B. Johnson.
Disgusted with politics, Maverick focused on his law career and specialized in civil rights, civil liberties, and pro bono cases. He represented civil rights protestors, communists, and atheists; won a Supreme Court case against the FBI's seizure of publications from a Texas bookstore on charges that they were seditious (Stanford v. Texas); and during the Vietnam War defended conscientious objectors and draft protestors. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, he also served as co-chair of its national advisory council. In 1991, the American Bar Association presented him with the John Minor Wisdom Public Interest and Professional Award for his handling of more than 300 pro bono cases.
In addition to his law practice, Maverick taught political science at St. Mary's University and Incarnate Word College, both in San Antonio. In 1980, he became a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News.
Maury Maverick married Julia Orynski, an artist from Dallas, on 1966 December 25; the couple had no children. Maverick died in San Antonio on 2003 January 28 at the age of eighty-two.
Maury Maverick, Jr. biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Express-News (San Antonio, Texas). Obituary of Maury Maverick, Jr. 2003 January 30.
Correspondence, legal documents, and printed material related to the effort to move the remains of Dr. Joseph H. Barnard (1804-1861), a survivor of the Goliad Massacre, from Canada to the State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. The project was initiated by Barnard's great-grandson, D. B. Hardeman, and handled by Hardeman's attorney, Maury Maverick, Jr., who corresponded extensively with officials in Canada and Texas in order to complete the move. Some items in the collection are photocopies.
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[Identification of item], Maury Maverick, Jr. Papers on the Reinterment of Joseph H. Barnard, 1979-1982, Doc 6159, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Maury Maverick, Jr., 1991 March.
Processed by Warren Stricker.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 September.
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