McCormick, George (1841–1905)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: January 24, 2020

George McCormick, attorney, judge, and state attorney general, was born on October 12, 1841, in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of W. B. and Ann Virginia (Millan) McCormick. The family moved to Colorado County, Texas, in December 1858. In 1861 McCormick enlisted in the Confederate Army in Galveston, where he helped build defensive sand works at Fort Point and South Battery. He soon reenlisted in Company D, cavalry battalion, Waul's Legion. In July 1864 at the battle of Harrisburg, near Holly Springs, Mississippi, he was wounded, captured, and suffered the amputation of a leg. After returning to Colorado County in 1865 he studied law, obtained his license, and joined the prominent legal firm of Cook and Collier. He was elected county clerk in 1866 but was declared ineligible and removed from office in 1869 for failure to swear the "iron-clad oath" required of Reconstruction officeholders. Thereupon McCormick resumed the practice of law in Columbus with partners R. L. Foard and Wells Thompson. In 1870 the county commissioners court appointed McCormick Colorado County attorney.

McCormick represented Colorado and Lavaca counties in the Constitutional Convention of 1875, where he advocated direct taxation for support of public education. In 1876 Governor Richard Coke appointed him to a term as assistant attorney general. McCormick was overwhelmingly elected state attorney general under Governor Oran M. Roberts in 1878 but declined to run for reelection and returned to Columbus in 1880 to practice law with Lyle G. Logue. In 1882 he was one of sixty-nine lawyers from across the state who met in Galveston to form the Texas Bar Association (see STATE BAR OF TEXAS). McCormick was elected to two consecutive terms as judge of the state's Twenty-fifth Judicial District, 1884–92. He married Myrah Thatcher in Columbus in 1871, and they had five children. He died at his home in Columbus on November 5, 1905, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Weimar.

Colorado County Historical Commission, Colorado County Chronicles from the Beginning to 1923 (2 vols., Austin: Nortex, 1986). Houston Post, November 5, 1905.

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

Anonymous, “McCormick, George,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 17, 2022,

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January 24, 2020