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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the W. St. John Garwood Papers, 1935-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garwood, Wilmer St. John, 1896-1987
Title: Garwood, W. St. John, Papers
Dates: 1935-1972
Abstract: Consisting of notes, speeches, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and legal files, the W. St. John Garwood Papers, 1935-1972, chronicle Garwood’s career as an attorney, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and president of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.
Accession No.: 87-92
Extent: 2 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Bastrop on December 15, 1896, Texas Supreme Court Justice Wilmer St. John Garwood (1896-1987), was the son of H.M. Garwood, a partner in the Houston law firm Baker, Botts, Parker, and Garwood, as well as a Bastrop county judge and legislator in the Texas Legislature. Prior to studying law for a year at the University of Texas, Garwood received his baccalaureate degree from Georgetown University in 1917. Shortly after being admitted to the Texas bar, he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1922. Employed by Texaco from 1922 to 1923, Garwood returned to Texas in 1924 to work at his father’s law firm. In 1927, Garwood married Ellen Burdine Clayton (1903-1993), with whom he had two sons. From 1929 to 1933, he was an attorney for the Standard Oil Company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, though coming back to Texas in 1934 to practice law in Houston.

Garwood joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as lieutenant commander in naval intelligence from 1942 to 1945. Following the war, he practiced law in Houston. In 1952, Garwood was appointed associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a position he occupied until 1958. In addition to his term as associate justice, Garwood taught as a visiting law professor at Southern Methodist University and at the University of Texas and served as president of the Texas Civil Judicial Council and of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Garwood died on January 15, 1987 and is interred in the Texas State Cemetery.

Source:

Tarlton Law Library Jamail Center for Legal Research. "Wilmer St. John Garwood (1896-1987)." Accesses December 21, 2010. http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/justices/spct/garwoodws.html.

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Scope and Contents

Consisting of notes, speeches, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and legal files, the W. St. John Garwood Papers, 1935-1972, chronicle Garwood’s career as an attorney, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and president of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. The collection documents Garwood’s work at Standard Oil and at law firms in Houston, his correspondence with constituents, the meetings of Law School Foundation, as well as the passage of legislation and elections. Additionally, correspondence and newspaper clippings discuss Garwood’s retirement from the Supreme Court.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Garwood, Wilmer St. John, 1896-1987 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Standard Oil Company
Texas. Supreme Court
University of Texas Law School Foundation
Subjects
Law firms -- Texas -- Houston
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century

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Related Material

See also St.John Garwood Papers, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. St. John Garwood Papers, 1935-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/G9 "Col. John W. Thomason, Jr. and the War Between the States," notes of Cooper K. Ragan for a talk to Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dick Dowling Camp, October 14, 1981 Supreme Court Defense Association Standard Oil Company, correspondence, 1935-1945 Martin Crawford, Sharpstown, state bank building matter, 1972 SJR 43, 62nd legislature, 1971 Personal correspondence, 1945-1949 Amendment #8 (Judicial Qualifications Commission) and November 2 election, 1965 United States Committee for Atlantic Congress, 1959-1960
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2.325/G10 Printed material and correspondence concerning Supreme Court building, 1954-1968 University of Texas Law School Foundation, correspondence, 1967-1970 Charrin vs. Moraud, 1947: Pleadings and court papers Correspondence Jury change, exceptions, drafts of change, jury list Authorities and notes Clippings and correspondence on Judge Garwood's retirement from the Supreme Court of Texas, 1958-1959

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