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Ewing, Presley Kittrege (1860–1927)


Presley Kittrege Ewing, lawyer and judge, son of Fayette and Eliza Josephine (Kittrege) Ewing, was born in La Fourche Parish, Louisiana, on July 21, 1860. He graduated in philosophy and law from the University of Mississippi in 1881. The next year he moved to Houston, Texas, where he was admitted to the bar and began practice. In May 1899 he successfully represented a plan for a deepwater Gulf outlet at Houston before the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress at Wichita, Kansas. Ewing served as president of the Texas Bar Association (see STATE BAR OF TEXAS) in 1899 and as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1905. He wrote several books and numerous legal treatises. He was a Mason, an Elk, a Democrat, and an Episcopalian. He married Mary Ellen Williams on February 10, 1885; they had two children. In 1919 his wife died, and on June 12, 1923, he married June Throckmorton. Ewing died on February 4, 1927.

Emory A. Bailey, Who's Who in Texas (Dallas: John B. McCraw Press, 1931). Houston Press Club, Men of Affairs of Houston and Environs (Houston: Coyle, 1913).


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  • Politics and Government
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
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  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
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Time Periods:

  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era


  • Houston

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