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KEMP, SAMUEL BARNET (1871–1962). Samuel Barnet Kemp, lawyer and judge, was born on December 26, 1871, in Merrilltown, Travis County, Texas, son of James Barnet and Eliza Sofronia (Woodward) Kemp. He attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) and the University of Texas, where he received an LL.B. degree in 1900. He practiced law in Austin from 1900 to 1908, then moved to Robert Lee and was county judge of Coke County in 1914–15. In 1916 Kemp was assistant United States attorney, District of Hawaii; he was circuit court judge of the First Circuit, Hawaii, in 1917–18 and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Hawaii from March 7, 1918, to April 17, 1922. He was attorney general of Hawaii in 1937–38, and he was again appointed Supreme Court associate justice in 1938. Kemp became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii on June 20, 1941, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1960. He married May S. Hope on December 30, 1904, in Caldwell, Texas, and they had one daughter. Kemp was a Mason. He died on August 14, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was buried there.


Alcalde (magazine of the Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas), January 1963. Who's Who in America, 1952–53.


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