J. P. Pool was born on July 7, 1870, at Jones Prairie, Texas, to James Smith and Mary Frances (McKinney) Pool. He attended public schools in Milam County, attended Baylor University, then studied law for one year (1890–91) at the University of Texas before being admitted to the bar in 1891. Pool began practicing law in Victoria in 1893. In 1898 he formed, with his brother-in-law John L. Dupree, the law firm of Dupree and Pool, which lasted until 1928, when Pool became a district judge. Other local and state positions held by Pool included committee clerk of the Twenty-second Texas Legislature, secretary of the Senate for the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-sixth Texas legislatures, representative of the Seventy-fourth District in the Thirtieth Legislature, county judge of Victoria County from 1909 to 1920, and judge of the Twenty-fourth Judicial District from 1929 to 1940. Jessie Dupree and Pool were married on April 26, 1893; they had two children. Pool died on January 19, 1940, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Victoria.
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Hobart Huson, District Judges of Refugio County (Refugio, Texas: Refugio Timely Remarks, 1941). Texas Bar Journal, April 1940. Theora H. Whitaker, comp., Victoria (Victoria, Texas: Victoria Advocate, 1941).
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