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ALDREDGE, GEORGE N.

ALDREDGE, GEORGE N. (1846–1908). George N. Aldredge, attorney and judge, was born on April 14, 1846, in Dougherty County, Georgia, to Dr. J. F. and Mary (Oglesby) Aldredge. In 1856 the family moved from Marietta, Georgia, to Pittsburg, Texas. At the age of sixteen Aldredge enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army. He served two years in Company F, Clark's Texas Infantry Regiment, and transferred in January 1864 to Company F, Chisholm's Cavalry Regiment, Thomas Greenqv's Brigade, in the Army of the Trans-Mississippi.

About two years after the war Aldredge graduated from McKenzie College, then studied law under Oran M. Roberts at Gilmer. In 1869 he was admitted to the bar in Tyler by the state Supreme Court. After practicing law for a year in Gilmer, then for two years in Waxahachie, Aldredge arrived in Dallas in 1873. Without opposition he was elected county attorney of Dallas County in 1875 and served until 1878, when he was elected judge of the Eleventh Judicial District, which was reorganized in 1883 as the Fourteenth District. Aldredge was judge until 1888, the year he retired and returned to private practice with A. T. Watts and J. J. Eckford. He was a director of the National Exchange Bank of Dallas. He ran for Congress as a Democrat but withdrew in protest against the party's support of free silver. A speech he gave to the American Bankers' Association in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia, was widely quoted and read into the Congressional Record. In 1897 he gave the eulogy for Robert E. Lee at the unveiling of the Lee monument in Dallas.

Aldredge was a master Mason and a Knight of Pythias. From 1875 to 1877 he served as chairman of the Democratic committee of the Third Congressional District. In January 1881 he married Bettie Hearne, and they had five children, two of whom died very young. A son, Sawnie Robertson Aldredge, was mayor of Dallas from 1921 to 1923. Aldredge practiced law until ill health forced his retirement. He became ill when an old kidney ailment flared up on a train trip home from Colorado Springs and died at his home in Dallas on September 5, 1908.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Berry B. Cobb, A History of Dallas Lawyers, 1840 to 1890 (Bar Association of Dallas, 1934). Dallas Morning News, September 6, 1908. Dallas Daily Times Herald, September 5, 1908. William S. Speer and John H. Brown, eds., Encyclopedia of the New West (Marshall, Texas: United States Biographical Publishing, 1881; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978).

Joan Jenkins Perez

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Joan Jenkins Perez, "ALDREDGE, GEORGE N.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fal03), accessed December 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.