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TEMPLETON, HOWARD (1861–1936). Howard Templeton, lawyer and judge, son of Gordon S. and Margaret (Ward) Templeton, was born in Franklin County, Texas, on June 25, 1861. He was admitted to the bar in 1882 and began practice at Cooper, but moved to Sulphur Springs in 1885. On June 11, 1886, he married Mary Blackwell; they had five children. Templeton was district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District in 1891–92, district judge from 1896 to 1900, and judge of the Court of Civil Appeals of the Dallas District from 1900 to 1903. He was a presidential elector in 1888, a member of the Democratic State Executive Committee in 1905, and chairman of the Democratic State Convention in 1906. In 1910 he moved to San Antonio with the firm of Templeton, Brooks, Napier, and Brown. In 1924 acting governor Thomas Whitfield Davidson appointed Templeton to serve as an adjunct justice on the Texas Supreme Court to hear the impeachment case against Governor James E. Ferguson; Templeton voted with the other two justices to uphold Ferguson's impeachment. He died at his home in San Antonio on June 25, 1936.


Norman D. Brown, Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921–1928 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1984). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3.

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