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HUNNICUTT, WALTER SCOTT (1889–1963). Walter Scott Hunnicutt, attorney and composer, was born on January 20, 1889, in Marlin, Texas. At the University of Texas he was student director of the band from 1910 to 1914 and composed "Texas Taps," also the University of Texas fight song. He was elected student president of the law department in his senior year and received his LL.B. degree in 1914. That year he entered the law office of Thomas T. Connally in Marlin; he was elected city attorney of Marlin in 1915 and served until 1917, when he enlisted as a private in the United States Army infantry. That year he married Mary Lee Durham of Austin; they had two children. In 1919 Hunnicutt was appointed captain in the judge advocate general's department. He left the army in 1921 and returned to Marlin, where he was county judge from 1922 to 1928 and city attorney from 1929 to 1933, when he was appointed United States attorney for the Western District of Texas. He moved to El Paso in 1933, was active in the El Paso Symphony until 1940, and composed the march "Texas Miner" for the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now the University of Texas at El Paso). In 1940 Hunnicutt was recalled to active duty as a lieutenant colonel. He served three years in Texas before going to the South Pacific for 2½ years as judge advocate general for Guadalcanal and other islands. He returned to the United States in 1945 and retired as a colonel in 1946. He died on November 27, 1963, and was interred in the national cemetery at Fort Bliss.


J. Morgan Broaddus, The Legal Heritage of El Paso (El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1963). Walter W. Durham, "A Few Short Notes on UT's Battle Song," Alcalde, September-October 1987. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Charles Durham Gouldie


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

Charles Durham Gouldie, "HUNNICUTT, WALTER SCOTT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.