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William Homer THORNBERRY

(1909-1995)

THORNBERRY, William Homer, a Representative from Texas; born in Austin, Travis County, Tex., January 9, 1909; attended the public schools; B.B.A., University of Texas, 1932; LL.B., University of Texas, 1936; admitted to the bar in 1936; lawyer, private practice; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1936-1941; district attorney of the fifty-third judicial district of Texas, 1941-1942; United States Navy, 1942-1946; member of the Austin, Tex., city council, 1946-1948, mayor pro tempore, 1947-1948; delegate at large to the Democratic National Conventions, 1956 and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses, served until his resignation on December 20, 1963 (January 3, 1949-December 20, 1963); United States district judge for the western district of Texas, 1963-1965, circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, 1965-1995; nominated to the United States Supreme Court, 1968; died on December 12, 1995, in Austin, Tex.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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