|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1883|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1962|
John Edward Hickman was born on the family farm in Liberty Hill, Williamson Co., TX, one of seven children of Nathaniel Franklin Hickman and Mary Jane Forbes (Porterfield), originally of Tallapoosa, AL, and later Liberty Hill, Williamson Co., TX. His father owned a store in Liberty Hill and died when John was eight years old.
A graduate of Liberty Hill Normal and Business College, John taught at Hog Mountain in Bell Cty., TX, and attended school at UT in Austin, TX. From 1906-08 he was principal of the high school and baseball coach in Lampasas, TX. He then returned to UT, entered the Law School, graduated in 1910, was admitted to the Bar and was Quizmaster there from 1910-11.
On 6/22/1910 in Lampasas, TX he married Ethel Markward, a daughter of John Markward and Adelphia (White)of Lampasas. In 1911 they moved to Dublin, Erath Co., TX where they were both heavily involved with the First Methodist Church. He practiced law for sixteen years, also following the oil business in Breckenridge, Stephens Co., TX into the late 1920s. Ethel died suddenly in Dublin from an illness; they had no children together.
In 1923 he married Lena Maria Pettit, the only child of Benjamin and Maria (Zollner) Pettit of Dallas Co., TX. John and Lena resided in Breckenridge, Stephens Co., TX, and later Austin.
By 1926 John was elected as Associate Justice of Eastland Court of Civil Appeals. He served there until 1935, when he was appointed to the TX Supreme Court to succeed Judge Richard Critz. Upon the death of Judge James P. Alexander, Governor Beaufort Jester appointed John as Chief Justice, to which position he was re-elected in 1948 and again in 1954.
By 1935 John and Lena resided in Austin, Travis Co., TX. He organized and taught a popular men's Sunday School class at the University Methodist Church in Austin for over 36 years. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Methodist University from 1921 until his death. From 1952-53 John served as Chairman of the Conference of Chief Justices, and in 1960 he retired from the TX Supreme Court. John was honored by numerous organizations throughout his lifetime.
Justice Robert Calvert recorded that "Hickman inaugurated the practice of full court consideration of application for writ of error, so that no litigant rights would be determined by only one sector of the court."
(Biographical information by Annette Markward, wife of John Markward, great nephew of Ethel (Markward) and Judge Hickman.)
Nathanial Franklin Hickman (1839 - 1891)
Mary Jane Porterfield Hickman (1846 - 1926)
Mary Ethel Markward Hickman (1886 - 1921)*
Lena Maria Pettit Hickman (1894 - 1994)*
Alex Hickman (1873 - 1873)*
Annie Hickman (1875 - 1946)*
Augusta H. Ford (1876 - 1958)*
John Edward Hickman (1883 - 1962)
Mary Lanora Hickman Vaughan (1885 - 1948)*
Texas State Cemetery
Plot: Republic Hill Section 2 Row L Plot 12
GPS (lat/lon): 30.15932, -97.43623
Maintained by: sleuth2
Record added: Oct 27, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 18190