James B. Hubbard, lawyer and writer, was born on June 10, 1874, in Rodney, Mississippi. He attended Jefferson College, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago. After he was admitted to the bar in 1895 he practiced law in Hempstead. In 1900 he became superintendent of schools in Belton, but in 1910 he returned to his law practice. That same year he married Belle Tyler; they had two children. Hubbard was president of the Texas State Teachers Association in 1905 and president of the Bell County Bar Association from 1918 to 1927. With Caleb P. Patterson he wrote a textbook, A Civil Government of Texas (1927); he collaborated with Henry Noble Sherwood on Civics and Citizenship (1934). Hubbard practiced law in Belton until his retirement in 1957. He died on October 17, 1959.