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parlors of the Hutchins House, April 15, 1869.
If the early lawyers of Houston had any association
they have left no record of the fact. There
were great lawyers then and they set a standard of
professional ethics and courtesy which, be it said
to the credit of those who followed them, has never
been lowered. From the earliest date the bar of
Houston has always been great and influential.
Among the big men when Houston was in its swadling
clothes were such men as Archibald Wynn, a
criminal lawyer of marked ability; Peter W. Gray,
-W. P. Hamblen, E. A. Palmer, A. N. Jordan, J.
W. Henderson, Benjamin F. Tankersley, Gus
Tompkins, A, P. Thompson, A. S. Richardson
and C. B. Sebin. The mere mention of these names
is sufficient to show the high standing of the Houston
bar at the very beginning.
During and after the close of the war there were
many very brilliant and able lawyers who came to
Houston. Among the most distinguished of these
was Hon. Charles Stewart, D. U. Bariza, John
H. Manley, Frank Spencer, George Goldthwaite,
E. P. Hamblen, W. H. Crank, Judge Wilson,
James Masterson, C. Anson Jones, son of the last
President of the Republic of Texas; W. A. Carrington,
F. F. Chew, J. C. Hutchinson, Judge
James Baker, W. B. Botts and others of equal
prominence. These as all know, were men of the
greatest probity and honor and would have reflected
honor on any bar.
When the finrt amended constitution of Texas
Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed April 16, 2014.