Samuel Jackson Isaacks

Samuel Jackson Isaacks

Bell County, Texas, USA
Death 29 Oct 1956 (aged 87)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 19294464 · View Source
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Son of Wesley Carel Isaacks and Purity Annis Foreman Isaacks.
Husband of Minnie Willard Rutledge Isaacks.

From the El Paso Times, Tuesday, October 30, 1956, Page 1 and Page 9:

Judge Isaacks, Veteran Solon, Dies

S. J. Isaacks of El Paso - judge, legislator, attorney and civic leader - died Monday at the age of 87. In failing health for many months, the pioneer El Pasoan had served the citizens of Texas for more than 50 years. Judge Isaacks served his first elective office as state legislator from Bastrop County in 1903. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from El Paso for a continuous period from 1938 to 1954, when he resigned. Considered the dean of the Legislature until his retirement, he was succeeded in his legislative post by his daughter, Miss Maud Isaacks, recently re-elected for a second full term. Judge Isaacks was a Texas through and through. His grandfather, Samuel Isaacks, was one of Stephen F. Austin's 300 original settlers who came to Texas in 1821, when the territory was still part of Mexico. The judge was born in Bell County, Texas, and raised on a farm. He taught country school while preparing himself for the law. On a doctor's advice, he moved from Bastrop County to Midland in 1903 and was that city's first mayor upon its incorporation in 1906. He was re-elected mayor in 1908. In 1909 he was appointed district judge of the new 70th District and was re-elected to the post in 1910 and 1914. Judge Isaacks resigned his position in 1916 and moved to El Paso "on the last day of December" in that same year. He later recalled that he moved here because "I thought El Paso was the coming metropolis of all the Southwest, and I wanted to be a part of it."
Entering law practice here, he was a Presidential elector in 1920, when he voted for Cox and Roosevelt for President and Vice President.


He served on El Paso School Board in 1922-23, and was elected to represent the 89th District in the Legislature in 1938. When Judge Isaacks returned to the House of Representatives in 1939 after his long absence, he was immediately acknowledged one of the top leaders of that body, and many bills in the ensuing years bore his stamp.
He led a fight against tax bills recommended by Gov. W. Lee (Pappy) O'Daniel, charging that they were measures which would burden the poor. Judge Isaacks was co-author of a resources bill which eventually brought a surplus to the general revenue fund. He was author of an anti-lynching bill, supported a fair redistricting measure, strengthened drunken driving statutes and backed the Gilmer-Aiken laws reorganizing the schools. Judge Isaacks was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the 48th, 50th, and 52nd Legislatures. He also served on the Judicial Districts, Labor and Privileges and Suffrage and Elections Committees.
His fellow legislators honored him on numerous occasions. In one bill setting up a judges retirement system for the state, the legislators wanted to include a special amendment to benefit Judge Isaacks and persons of his qualifications. Judge Isaacks objected to the bill.
"It's hard to tell you how much I appreciate this," he told the House. "But this is not a proper amendment to a bill. The state has paid me for my services and I don't want any other payment."


When he added - "Please, for my sake, vote no on the amendment" - members of the House applauded, and the amendment was withdrawn. In 1953, the House adopted a resolution congratulating Judge Isaacks on his 84th birthday and upon his span of 50 years of service as a member of the House. Judge Isaacks once said it was is boyhood ambition first to be a printer, then a locomotive engineer and finally a lawyer. Perhaps reflecting his own career, he once advised young men going into business "to select a vocation, resolve to be a leader in it, override every obstacle and keep your goal in view." The Judge was a member of the Five Points Masonic Lodge, El Maida Shrine, El Paso Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sons of the American Revolution and First Christian Church. His wife died in 1934. Survivors include three sons, E. Buford Isaacks of Cleburne, Texas, and Rutledge and Bill Isaacks, both of El Paso; a nephew, Carel Marlow of Abilene, Texas; two nieces, Mrs. Annis Starr of Lubbock and Mrs. Richard Ruffner of Kermit, Texas; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the First Christian Church, with Dr. C. M. Yocum and the Rev. Keith Pierce officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Kaster and Maxon. The family requested that flowers be omitted. Members of the El Paso Bar Association will serve as honorary pallbearers

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