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LIPSCOMB, GEORGE RAIFORD

Samuel Poer
George Raiford Lipscomb (1887–1959).
George Raiford Lipscomb served in the House of the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Texas legislatures. Courtesy Legislative Reference Library of Texas and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

LIPSCOMB, GEORGE RAIFORD (1887–1959). George Raiford Lipscomb, Fort Worth lawyer and two-term flotorial representative in the Texas House of Representatives for the counties of Tarrant and Denton, son of Lorenzo Dowd Lipscomb and Fannie Lipscomb, was born at Mountain Park, Georgia, on August 8, 1887. Lipscomb attended Collier College and American School of Law before moving to Texas and being admitted to the bar in 1910. He began his legal practice in Fort Worth while he roomed with other men in the house of Ophelia Austin. On June 11, 1914, Lipscomb married Helen Harriet Peacock (born on June 5, 1893, in Rockford, Illinois), and they had their first son, Vonno, on May 1, 1915. Their second son, Edwin Lorenzo, was born on July 14, 1918. At the outset of America’s involvement in World War I, Lipscomb gained an exemption from the draft due to a crushed left knee that had rendered his leg completely stiff. 

On January 13, 1925, Lipscomb began his first term in the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat representing District 102, which included the counties of Denton and Tarrant. During his first term, Lipscomb served on the committees of Conservation and Reclamation; Federal Relations; Privileges, Suffrage and Elections; and assumed the role of vice chairman of the Labor Committee. During his second term, beginning in 1927, Lipscomb served on multiple committees, including Constitutional Amendments; Criminal Jurisprudence; and Privileges, Suffrage and Elections. He acted as vice chairman of the Committee on Conservation and Reclamation. Lipscomb decided to not seek re-election in 1928 for a third term in office. He continued his legal practice in Fort Worth until at least 1956. George Raiford Lipscomb died in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 10, 1959, at the age of seventy-two. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Legislative Reference Library of Texas: George Raiford Lipscomb (https://lrl.texas.gov/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=2254&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=LIPSCOMB~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed June 9. 2018. Texas Bar Journal 23 (April 22, 1960).

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