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Hippolito F. "Hippo"
Dec. 4, 1925 Jan. 16, 2002
1943 - 1946
United States Army, 3rd Armored Division
Admitted to State Bar of Texas
1952 - 1964
Bexar County District Attorney's Office
1964 - 1974
Judge, Bexar County Court-At-Law No. 2
1974 - 1979
Judge, Bexar County 144th Judicial District Court
1980 - 2002
United States District Judge Western District of Texas
First Mexican-American appointed
to the federal bench in the
Western District of Texas
"To give dignity to a person
is above all things."
||Hipolito Frank Garcia
||Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
|Reason for Eligibility:
||Judge, 144th Judicial District; United States District Court, Western District of Texas
||December 4, 1925
||January 16, 2002
||January 19, 2002
GARCIA, HIPOLITO FRANK (1925-2002) Hipolito Frank "Hippo" Garcia, former U.S. District Judge, was born December 4, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas, to immigrant parents, Hippolito and Francisca Garcia. Garcia graduated from Brackenridge High School before enlisting in the army where he served in Germany during World War II as a tank driver. After returning, he received a law degree from St. Mary's University in 1951.
He started his law career as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County and served for 14 years before going into private practice. In 1964, Garcia was elected a county court judge. Ten years later, he was elected to be a state criminal court judge in Bexar County.
Garcia received his greatest notoriety after being appointed by President Carter in 1980 to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. As the first Mexican-American to hold a seat in the Western District, Garcia developed a well-known reputation as a humble, dignified and fair judge that went out of his way to befriend those that he crossed paths with.
Garcia died January 16, 2002 in San Antonio. He never married.