Kokernot, Herbert Lee (1867–1949)

By: Elton Miles

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 13, 2019

Herbert Lee Kokernot, rancher and philanthropist, was born in Gonzales County on December 28, 1867, the son of L. M. and Sarah (Littlefield) Kokernot and grandson of David L. Kokernot. He graduated from Moulton Male and Female Institute and studied at Southwestern University and the University of Texas. From 1888 to 1897 Kokernot engaged in the mercantile business in Gonzales. On October 28, 1891, he married Elizabeth Vanham of Gonzales; they had three children. Kokernot acquired the practical and business skills of cattle ranching on his father's ranch in Gonzales County. In 1883 his father acquired ranch holdings in Brewster County in partnership with James Francis Miller and W. B. Sayers. The younger Kokernot bought out the partners in 1897 and operated Brewster and Lubbock county ranches in association with his uncle, John W. Kokernot, until 1915. A few years later his son, Herbert Lee Kokernot, Jr., took charge of the 06 Ranch in Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Pecos counties (see KOKERNOT RANCH). In 1907 Kokernot settled in San Antonio. He was president of the Cattle Raisers' Association of Texas (now the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association), president of the Alpine-Marfa Highland Hereford Association, and president and cofounder of the Texas Livestock Marketing Association. He served as a regent of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University), a trustee of Baylor University, and president of the board of San Marcos Baptist Academy. He was cofounder and chairman of the board of the Baptist Foundation of Texas and served as vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He died in San Antonio on April 16, 1949, and was buried in Mission Burial Park in that city.

Alpine Avalanche, April 22, 1949. Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, comps., The New Encyclopedia of Texas (4 vols., 1929?). San Antonio Express, April 18, 1949. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in America, 1948–49.

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  • Activism and Social Reform
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  • Ranchers and Cattlemen

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

Elton Miles, “Kokernot, Herbert Lee,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 15, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/kokernot-herbert-lee.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 13, 2019