Edwin E. Hobby, Confederate soldier and jurist, son of Martin and Anna Elizabeth (Slade) Hobby, was born in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1844. He moved to Texas in 1860 and settled in Refugio County. He served the Confederacy as a captain in the Eighth Texas Infantry regiment. He settled in Southeast Texas after the Civil War and was admitted to the bar in the winter of 1867. In 1873 he was elected to the state Senate, where he served three terms before resigning in 1879. From 1879 to 1888 Hobby served as judge of the Thirty-first Judicial District (changed to the Ninth Judicial District in 1885), which included parts of San Jacinto, Polk, Angelina, Hardin, Liberty, and Chambers counties. During this time the judge lived in Woodville, Moscow, and Livingston. He also presided over the commission of appeals. In 1888 he resigned to serve on the Court of Civil Appeals. He left the bench to practice law in Houston after losing an election in 1892 and was later appointed master in chancery for Indian Territory. Hobby wrote A Treatise on Texas Land Law (1883). He worked for John Henry Kirby in Houston during the 1890s. He married Eudora Adeline Pettus in 1866, and among their children was future Texas governor William P. Hobby. Edwin Hobby died in Houston on November 1, 1899, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in that city.
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James Anthony Clark and Weldon Hart, The Tactful Texan: A Biography of Governor Will Hobby (New York: Random House, 1958).
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