Odell, Willmot Mitchell (1878–1932)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 20, 2020

Willmot Mitchell Odell, United States district attorney and University of Texas regent, son of James Mitchell and Arabella (Murchison) Odell, was born at Cleburne, Texas, on March 16, 1878. He received his LL.B. degree at the University of Texas in 1899 and his LL.M. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1900. While in school in Austin he was a clerk for the attorney general, and in Washington he was private secretary for Senator Charles A. Culberson. Odell practiced law in Cleburne from 1901 to 1917. He was chairman of the Johnson County Democratic Executive Committee and in 1916 was on the state Democratic Executive Committee. From 1917 to 1919 he was United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas. In 1919 he moved to Fort Worth, where he was a counselor for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway. Odell was a member of the Texas Prison Board from July 1927 to May 1929; from April 1929 to September 1932 he was a member of the board of regents of the University of Texas. His wife was the former Rita Harris of Fort Worth. Odell was a Baptist and a Mason. He died at the home of his father-in-law, E. W. Harris, at Fort Worth on November 14, 1932, and was buried in Cleburne.

Dallas Morning News, November 15, 1932. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.

  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Lawyers
  • General Law
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Fort Worth

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November 20, 2020

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