William B. Hamilton


William B. Hamilton

Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Aug 1951 (aged 76)
Texas, USA
Burial Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 78646472 View Source
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W.B. Hamilton Rites To Be Held Saturday

Funeral serves for William Brecheen Hamilton, 77 widely known Dallas attorney and cattleman, will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. at Sparkman-Brand Chapel, Ross and Pearl, by the Rev. Arthur E. Hartwell.

Burial will be at Little Bethel Cemetery near Duncanville.

A former cowboy, bronco buster and trail driver.

Hamilton died of heart attack at midnight Thursday at his ranch home on the old Cedar Hill Road, near Duncanville.

He had practiced law fifty-five years, of which thirty-five years were in Dallas.

He had been in failing health about two months.

He was a former member of the Texas Legislature, having served from 1905 to 1909 as a representative from Hunt County.

He was a member of the judiciary committee the first term and chairman of the rules committee his second term.

He was a close friend of the late Sen. Joseph W. Bailey and was a leader in the fight to exonerate him and return him to the United States Senate. Hamilton made speeches over the state on behalf of Senator Bailey’s candidacy for delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Hamilton was born August 23, 1873, at Ladonia, Fannin County, the son of Robert and Mary Jane Brecheen Hamilton.

His great uncle, Robert Hamilton, was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Much of his childhood and youth was spent in San Saba County, where he attended private and public schools and began his experiences as a ranch hand.

He attended old Add Ran College at Thorp Springs, predecessor of Texas Christian University.

Nearly six feet tail, genial and soft spoken, his big frame never lost the gaunt wiriness he gained in his cowboy days. He took his turn both in courtroom and in the saddle among his herds until shortly before his fatal illness.

On his twenty-first birthday, he was a trail driver helping to take a big herd of cattle across uninhabited ranges to better grass in the old Indian Territory.

A year later he was trying a lawsuit in Greenville, having won a temporary license to practice from a district judge.
He studied law in private offices in Commerce and Greenville and won his final admittance to the Texas Bar in 1897.

He practiced law in Commerce from 1897 to 1909, then moved to Greenville, remaining there until he moved to Dallas in 1916.

He was district attorney and assistant district attorney of the Cotton Belt Railroad from 1916 to 1926, he was general council of the Texhoma Oil and Refining Company from 1918 to 1926, served a number of years as general council for the Continental Oil Company, and as trail layer for the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad Lines.

He began his career as a ranch owner in 1928 when he established his holdings on the Cedar Hill Road, where he made his home.

Later he established large ranches in Bosque and Hood Counties, which he operated a number of years.

In recent years, he had disposed of his Bosque and Hood Counties interest and had increased his Dallas County holding.

He was a member of the East Dallas Christian Church and formerly was active in the Dallas Athletic Club and Dallas Country Club. He was a member of the Dallas, Texas and American Bar Associations.

Offices of the firm he headed, Hamilton & Hamilton, are in the Kirby Building.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Norman Hamilton who was his father’s law partner for many years, two sisters, Mrs. H.E. Crunk of Commerce and Mrs. Ada Fritz of Stephenville, and three grandchildren. He was the uncle of Detective Capt. Will Fritz.

Pallbearers will be Roy Pate of Fort Worth, Gilbert Howard, Robert Straus, Orville Cartwright, Franklin Spoford and Lewis Russell.


Judge William B. Hamilton owner added acreage in 1936 and 1951 to Little Bethel Cemetery. His wife Cleo Mason Hamilton managed the cemetery for many years.

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