“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Houston Bar Association

Houston Bar Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, December 1, 2017
1. Houston Bar Association Marker
Inscription. Members of the legal profession began practicing in Houston in 1837, one year after Texas gained its independence from Mexico and became a Republic. The earliest evidence of organization among the city's attorneys dates to 1870, when the original Houston Bar Association was formed. Judge Peter W. Gray was elected president of the association, whose objectives were to raise the standards of the legal profession and to purchase a law library. The organization was short-lived, however, and no records concerning its activity have been found. In 1901, fifty-three attorneys joined together to form the Harris County Bar Association, but it too ceased to exist after a few years.

The present Houston Bar Association was formed on March 26, 1904. Among its early accomplishments was a campaign to build the 1910 Harris County Courthouse (present Harris County Civil Courts building) and the establishment of the Harris County Law Library in 1915.

Throughout its history, the Houston Bar Association has supported programs to serve the community, including legal services to the indigent, legal education, lawyer referral services, legal publications, and other volunteer projects.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10691.)

<i>Court House, Houston, Texas</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by C.T. American Art Cards, circa 1915
2. Court House, Houston, Texas
Postcard showing the grounds on which the marker is located, as it used to appear.
29° 45.671′ N, 95° 21.608′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Fannin Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Historic 1910 Courthouse facing Fannin Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Fannin Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harris County 1910 Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Pillot Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Harris County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building (about 400 feet away); First White House of the Republic of Texas (about 400 feet away); Founding of Harris County (about 400 feet away); Site of General Sam Houston House (about 700 feet away); Site of Home of President Sam Houston (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   2. submitted on April 18, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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