Claudia Hazlewood

BROOKS, MICAJAH MADISON (1856–1934). Micajah Madison Brooks, attorney and judge, was born near Macon, Mississippi, in 1856. After graduating from the University of Virginia law school, he moved to Texas in 1879 and settled first at Forney and later at Greenville. He practiced law at Greenville for nine years and was appointed associate justice of the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1889. He held the position until 1910; in the meantime he moved to Dallas in 1902 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1906. Brooks drew up the charter for Southern Methodist University, served as attorney for the school, and became the first president of its board of trustees. After he retired from the bench in 1910, he engaged in private practice in Dallas until 1921. He and his wife, the former Mattie Jenkins, were the parents of four children. Brooks died at his home in Dallas on January 10, 1934, and was buried in Greenville.

Dallas Morning News, January 11, 1934. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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