The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 49
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Life and Service of John Birdsall
sterling integrity, unshrinking firmness, and of unimpeachable
morals, respectfully beg leave to recommend to Your Excellency
John Birdsall Esq.
This appointment would contribute in an eminent degree to
the elevation of the bench, to its proper respectability, and the
unbounded confidence to which he is entitled, would place the
administration of the law upon a certain and sacred basis. Should
Your Excellency conceive it necessary to appoint a successor to
our lamented late Chief Justice, James Collingsworth, the under-
signed cherish the sanguine hope that the merits of Mr. Birdsall
are so well known that he will be powerfully recommended to
Wm H. Jack.
T. A. Sawyer.
E. M. Pease.
Pat C. Jack.
John W. Harris.
R. J. Townes.
On August 4 Houston appointed him to this office, on August
10 he accepted, was sworn in, and held the position until the next
session of Congress. On November 16, 1838, Houston announced
his appointment as Chief Justice. There were three other aspir-
ants for this office in the general election of that year, and on
December 12 the ballots showed that Thomas J. Rusk had been
Since the Constitution of the Republic of Texas provided that
the President should be ineligible for re-election, the end of his
second year of service brought the administration of Houston to a
close. Birdsall now resumed his private practice, which had been
established on a firm basis, his means were ample, his office well
furnished with law books and such conveniences as time and place
afforded. Having determined, when coming to Texas to, merge
his fortunes with those of his adopted country, he invested ready
money in lands, town and city lots, together with government
securities. He had the respect of the whole community, the de-
voted friendship of the foremost man in Texas, his judicial and
legal experience assured him a liberal share of business in the
courts, and he and Houston soon entered into a law partnership
which bade fair to be lucrative to them, as well as beneficial to
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/55/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.