Georgetown in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Chief Justice John Edward Hickman
(1883 - 1962)
A distinguished chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and a native of Williamson County.
Descendant of 1849 settlers from Alabama, he was a son of Nathaniel Franklin and Mary J. Porterfield Hickman. He attended the Liberty Hill Normal and Commercial College, and (with interruptions to teach school) earned a law degree at the University of Texas in 1910.
For 16 years he was an attorney in Dublin (Erath County) and Breckenridge (Stephens County). Oil was discovered in both areas, and with boom conditions his practice included some historic cases.
Elected Associate Justice (1926), he became in 1928 Chief Justice, Court of Civil Appeals, Eastland. He was appointed to the Supreme Court Commission of Appeals in 1935; became an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1945; and on Jan. 7, 1948, was appointed Chief Justice -- a post he filled until 1961. He is credited with 433 opinions of the Texas Supreme Court.
A devout Christian, he taught a Bible class about 50 years, and served 1921-62 as a trustee of Southern Methodist University. He married (1) Ethel Markward (d. 1921) and (2)
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 13898.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1856.
Location. 30° 38.234′ N, 97° 40.681′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on South Austin Avenue near West 7th Street. Marker is on the northwest side of the Williamson County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 S Main St, Georgetown TX 78626, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Judge Greenleaf Fisk (here, next to this marker); David Love Store (a few steps from this marker); Robert Jones Rivers (within shouting distance of this marker); M.B. Lockett Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Emzy Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert McAlpin Williamson (1804-1859) (within shouting distance of this marker); H. C. Craig Bulding (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmers State Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,679 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.