A Guide to the Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942]
Born in Kosse, Texas, Walter Angus Keeling (1873-1945) was the son of B.D. Keeling and Mary Lou Mitchell. Following his high school graduation in 1893, Keeling attended the Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville (now Sam Houston State University), after which he graduated with his bachelor of law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1897. Admitted to the bar that same year, Keeling established his law practice in Groesbeck, Texas, serving as assistant County Attorney and County Attorney for ten years. In 1912, he became assistant state Attorney General, and was subsequently appointed Assistant Attorney General under C.M. Cureton in 1918. Three years later, Keeling became Attorney General, during which he represented Texas before the United States Supreme Court in boundary disputes with New Mexico and Oklahoma. Following his retirement in 1924, Keeling practiced law in Austin.
Comprised of correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, printed material, reports, and legal files, the Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942], document Keeling’s legal and political career as a lawyer in Groesbeck, Texas, and his various positions as a legal officer in the Texas state government. Legal and personal correspondence concerns court cases, his involvement in Texas politics, his tenure as assistant Attorney General and Attorney General, as well as familial affairs. Newspaper clippings, printed materials, and reports regard the passage of legislation and legal issues, while notes and legal documents pertain to Keeling’s cases, such asState of Texas v. Texas and Pacific Railway Company, State of Texas v. Lone Star Cement Company, and State of Texas v. Shell Petroleum Company. Additionally, the collection includes legal documents concerning Keeling’s representation of Texas during boundary disputes with New Mexico and Oklahoma.
This collection is open for research use.
Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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