HILDEBRAND, IRA POLK (1876–1944). Ira Polk Hildebrand, lawyer and teacher, was born in La Grange, Texas, on December 19, 1876, the son of William Jackson and Narcissa (Whittenberg) Hildebrand. He received a B.A. degree at Texas Christian University in 1897 and B.A. and LL.B. degrees at the University of Texas in 1899, as well as another LL.B. at Harvard University in 1902. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1902 and began practice in partnership with T. D. Cobbs in San Antonio. In 1907 he became associate professor of law at the University of Texas. He married Mabel Shiner of San Antonio on June 3, 1909; they had two children. With E. H. Warren, Hildebrand compiled Select Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Private Corporations (1912). He was a contributor to numerous publications on legal subjects and wrote The Law of Texas Corporations (1942). He became dean of the UT law school in 1924 and as dean changed the curriculum and established a legal aid clinic. Hildebrand was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Law Institute, and the Association of American Law Schools. He died in Austin on November 11, 1944, and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.

Austin American-Statesman, November 12, 1944. Carl John Eckhardt, One Hundred Faithful to the University of Texas at Austin (197-?). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in America, 1944–45.

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