Norvell, Lipscomb, Jr. (1828–1900)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: November 30, 2008

Updated: January 18, 2012

Lipscomb Norvell, Jr., lawyer and state representative, was born in Kentucky, in 1828, the son of Lipscomb and Sarah W. (Smith) Norvell. Norvell immigrated with his family to Texas in 1835, settling in Jasper County. The Norvell family established itself as community leaders, and Norvell himself became a prominent local lawyer, gaining admission to practice at Canton in 1853. On July 21, 1857, Norvell married Lucinda Holloway in Jasper County. In 1859 Norvell won election as representative for Jasper County to the Ninth Texas Legislature. By 1860 Norvell was worth $1100 in personal and real estate property. In September 1875 he represented Jasper County in a Constitutional Convention convened to reorganize the state judiciary branch and establish the Texas Court of Appeals. Lipscomb Norvell, Jr. died on September 14, 1900, and is buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.

H. L. Bentley, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Bertie Bryant, Jasper County Census for 1850 and 1860 (Jasper, Texas: Deep East Texas Council of Governments, 1978). D. W. Ogletree, "Establishing the Texas Court of Appeals, 1875–1876", Southwestern Historical Quarterly 47 (July 1943) (, accessed October 8, 2008. Southeast Texas Regional Gedcom Project (, accessed December 26, 2006.

  • Ninth Legislature (1861-1863)
  • House

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Norvell, Lipscomb, Jr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 14, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 30, 2008
January 18, 2012