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|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 110 items)|
|Abstract||James Robert Hamilton was District Court judge of Travis and Williamson counties, Tex.; Democratic Party executive committee chair; and congressional candidate in 1926. The collection includes scattered papers, correspondence, and other items of James Robert Hamilton, principally relating to his political and legal career, especially his charges to grand juries to investigate the Ku Klux Klan, 1921-1922; bootleggers; and deserters of children. It includes two scrapbooks of clippings, 1881-1916 and 1921-1927, concerning his public life.|
|Creator||Hamilton, James Robert, 1860-1933.|
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James Robert Hamilton, born 24 February 1860 in Franklin County, Tenn., moved to Williamson County, Tex., with his widowed mother, Mrs. S. A. Hamilton, in 1874 when she brought her three children there. He was graduated from Southwestern University of Georgetown in 1883 and the University of Texas Law School in 1885.
Hamilton served for ten years as district attorney and fourteen years as district judge of criminal court for Travis and Williamson counties, Tex. Hamilton served as city recorder at Austin, county judge, and chair of the executive committee of the Democratic Party of Travis County. He was a candidate for Congress in the primary election of 1926. He lived most of his life in Austin, Tex., and died there on 5 April 1933.Back to Top
Scattered papers, correspondence, and other items of politician and lawyer James Robert Hamilton of Austin, Tex., principally relating to his political and legal career, especially his charges to grand juries to investigate the Ku Klux Klan, 1921-1922; bootleggers; and deserters of children. It includes two scrapbooks of clippings, 1881-1916 and 1921-1927, concerning his public life.Back to Top
Prior to 1921, the papers include a poem, 1878, political circulars, 1902 and 1906, and a circular letter, 1912, to the Class of 1883 of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex. In 1921 begin letters received by Hamilton concerning his charge to the grand jury about investigating the Ku Klux Klan and a typescript copy of this charge. There is also a typed 1921 report from the grand jury to the judge concerning a specific case of Klan violence. Letters from 1922 are also about the Ku Klux Klan, but mention, too, the possibility of Hamilton's running for governor, certain murder cases, and Hamilton's charge to the grand jury about bootleggers and parents who desert their children.
Letters after 1923 continue as before and include congratulations on convictions in Williamson County, the work of the grand jury, the candidacy of District Attorney Dan Moody for state attorney general; Hamilton's reelection to Criminal District Court; and Hamilton's candidacy for Congress in the summer primary, 1926. There is a letter, 1923, from Jessie Daniel Ames about the Texas League of Women Voters. Also included is a tribute, 1924, to Hamilton at his last court before leaving office. Among the undated letters is an anti-Klan poem.
Pamphlets in Folder 6 consist of the "Constitution and By-Laws of the Rusk Literary Society of the University of Texas, Austin," for which Hamilton was committee chair, 1886; "Rules and Regulations Adopted by the Executive Committee of Travis County for Holding Primary Elections," 14 June 1902, Austin; "The Unveiling of the Ku Klux Klan" by W. C. Witcher, undated; the Haldeman-Julius Monthly, September 1926, with an article by Marcet Haldeman-Julius on "J. Frank Norris--Shooting Salvationist"; and the Texas Tax Journal, October 1927, with an article "Judge James R. Hamilton's Opinion Means Much to Texas Taxpayers."
Also included are circulars, cards, and newspaper reprints on Hamilton's congressional primary campaign in 1926.
Clippings concerning Hamilton's activities and speeches he made at Southwestern University, 1881-1883; his candidacy for district judge of criminal court, 1902; people, trial cases, and local county politics in which he was interested; and collected verses, essays, and other items.
|Oversize Volume SV-3923/2||
Clippings on reactions of the public and press to Hamilton's charge to grand juries, 1921-1922; murder cases of interest to Hamilton; political campaigns and issues in Texas, 1924-1926, particularly his own and that of Dan Moody for state attorney general; and an investigation, 1925, Hamilton called for of Governor Miriam A. Ferguson and other state officials.
|Image Folder PF-3923/1||
P-3923/1: Photograph of James R. Hamilton, circa 1910-1920. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/2: Photograph of James R. Hamilton, circa 1915-1925. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/3: Photograph of James R. Hamilton, circa 1915-1925. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/4: Photograph of James R. Hamilton presiding in court, circa 1920-1930. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/5: Photograph of a group of men including Hamilton, in front of the Travis County Courthouse, Austin Tex., looking at confiscated bootleg whiskey and a still apparatus, 1923. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/6: Photograph of a close up view of confiscated bootleg whiskey and still apparatus, 1922. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
P-3923/7: Photograph of a group of fifteen men, circa 1920-1925. #03923, Series 3. Pictures, 1910-1925., Imagefolder PF-3923/1
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996
Encoded by: Eben Lehman, March 2006
Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009
This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top