Frank Lee Hawkins

Portrait of Frank Lee Hawkins Headstone Photograph


Frank Lee
Nov. 18, 1866
Sept. 26, 1954

Kate Briggs
Aug. 29, 1867
Mar. 19, 1951

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Judge F. L. Hawkins

Born in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas
County Attorney, Ellis County
1896 - 1900
County Judge, Ellis County
1902 - 1906
District Judge, 40th Judicial District
1906 - 1921
Associate Justice, Court of Criminal Appeals
1921 - 1939
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
1939 - 1951
Retired in 1951
Full Name: Frank Lee Hawkins
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:C  Number:7
Reason for Eligibility: Judge, 40th Judicial District of Texas; Judge and Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals 
Birth Date: November 18, 1866 
Died: September 26, 1954 
Burial Date: September 27, 1954 

HAWKINS, FRANK LEE (1866-1954). Frank Lee Hawkins, judge, was born on November 18, 1866, at Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Mary (Pinnell) Hawkins. He was educated at Marvin College in Waxahachie, Southwestern University, and the University of Texas, where he received an LL.B. degree with honors in 1889. He practiced law privately until 1894, then served as assistant county attorney, county attorney, and county judge in Ellis County. He was subsequently district judge of the Fortieth Judicial District until he was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals by Governor Pat Morris Neff in 1921. Hawkins was elected to the court in the next election and reelected until he voluntarily retired in 1950, having served continuously on the court longer than any other man; he was presiding judge for his last eleven years on the bench. In 1889 Hawkins married Kate Briggs; they had three children. He died in Austin on September 26, 1954, and was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Texas Bar Journal, September 1950, November 1954. Who's Who in America, 1950-51.

W. St. John Garwood and Virginia Parton

"HAWKINS, FRANK LEE." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Fri Mar 7 14:57:03 US/Central 2003].

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