Fred Hawthorne Minor

Fred Hawthorne Minor

Lewisville, Denton County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Apr 1976 (aged 87)
Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA
Burial Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of Devotion
Memorial ID 13343473 · View Source
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Texas and Denton native, Fred Hawthorne was born to John Rufus and Elizabeth Matilda Boyd Minor in Lewisville, Texas on December 11, 1888. After graduating high school, Minor attended North Texas State Normal College and earned a teacher's certificate. He taught elementary school for four years and then attended the University of Texas Law School and graduated in 1916, at the top of his class. He won the "Cyc" award, an encylopedia of law given to the senior with the highest scholastic average.

Minor went on to practice law in Denton from 1917 until his death. He became active in politics and served as Denton County Democratic chairman from 1918 to 1924. Two years later he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and when the incumbent speaker, Wingate Stuart Barron stepped down due to illness, Minor took over as Speaker. He won the position in his own right in 1931. Minor considered his greatest accomplishment as Speaker to be the passing of the oil-proration legislation to preserve the East Texas Oilfield.

In 1943, Minor was appointed by Governor Coke R. Stevenson to the Liquor Control Board and in 1948, he became chairman; which was his last year of serving on the board. Minor was a member of the Texas Civil Judicial Council and in 1932, he attended the Democratic national convention in Chicago. In 1940, he was an alternate delegate.

Minor served on the Denton City Council for eight years, the Denton Board of Education for sixteen years and was chairman of the city council for one term and president of the school board for twelve years. In addition to these services, Minor was a member of the Denton County, Texas and American Bar Associations. He was a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, a Kiwanian, member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First Christian Church of Denton.

The Denton Chamber recognized Minor for his many accomplishments by awarding him with the Otis Fowler Award, the highest honor given by the Denton Chamber. He was also named distinguished Alumnus by North Texas State University (the former North Texas State Normal College).

In 1920, he married Katherin Johnson and they had one child.


Written by: Stephanie S. Sorensen, Historian, Texas State Cemetery, Research Staff, Austin, Texas.

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