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GRAY, GEORGE H., JR.

GRAY, GEORGE H., JR. (1828–1891). George H. Gray, Jr., lawyer and clerk of the Texas Supreme Court, was born on September 20, 1828, at Jerusalem, Southampton County, Virginia, the son of George H. and Ann Blow (Crichlow) Gray. His family moved to Clinton, Mississippi, in 1832. After service in the Mexican War Gray moved to Monticello, Mississippi, where he married C. A. Bowen on February 22, 1849; they became the parents of six children, one of whom died as an infant. Gray moved to Austin in 1849 and was admitted to the Texas bar. He was elected chief justice of Travis County in 1858. A Unionist, Gray decided in 1862 to move to New Orleans, where he remained until the end of the Civil War. In October 1865 his brother-in-law, Andrew J. Hamilton, appointed him clerk of the Texas Supreme Court. Gray served until October 1867, when in spite of his Unionist sympathies, he was removed from office as a hindrance to Reconstruction. He resumed private practice in Austin and had among his clients Ben Thompson. Gray was elected Austin city attorney in 1872. After the organization of Kimble County in 1876, he practiced for several years at Junction. In 1881, because of his declining health, he moved to his daughter's home in Austin, where he died on November 5, 1891, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Lewis E. Daniell, Personnel of the Texas State Government, with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas (Austin: City Printing, 1887; 3d ed., San Antonio: Maverick, 1892).

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"GRAY, GEORGE H., JR.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgr22), accessed August 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.