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WEST, MILTON HORACE (1888–1948). Milton H. West, politician, son of Milton Crockett and Pauline (Cocke) West, was born near Gonzales, Texas, on June 30, 1888. In 1910 he graduated from West Texas Military Academy in San Antonio and was offered a commission as a lieutenant by the Canadian Royal Mounted Police. Instead he joined the Texas Rangers and served under Capt. J. M. Fox until 1912. After studying law with Judge James A. King he was admitted to the bar in 1915. West opened a law practice in Brownsville in 1917. He was a partner in the firms Yates and West and Canales, Davenport, and West in Brownsville. In 1922 he was elected district attorney for the Twenty-eighth Judicial District. He served in the Texas legislature from 1929 to 1933 when he was elected to the United States Congress from the Fifteenth District to succeed John Nance Garner. West was reelected to Congress at each subsequent election until his death. He worked for the ratification of the water rights treaty between the United States and Mexico in 1945 and served on the House Ways and Means Committee from 1939 to 1948. His 1945 election campaign was under inquiry by the United States House of Representatives for misappropriation of funds. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 28, 1948, and was buried in Buena Vista Cemetery in Brownsville on October 30. He was survived by his wife, the former Temple Worley, and one son, Milton West, Jr.


Austin American, October 29, 1948. Brownsville Herald, October 31, 1948. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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