Thomas Boyd Ramey, lawyer and educator, son of Thomas Brown and Mary Josephine (Spencer) Ramey, was born in Tyler, Texas, on August 8, 1892. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1909, received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas in 1913, and attended law school at Columbia University in 1913–14. He received a master of laws degree from the University of Texas in 1915. On June 28, 1916, he married Cordelia Stacy of Austin. They had three children, two of whom died in infancy. Ramey was the senior partner of a Tyler law firm and a member of the county, state, and national bar associations. He was an organizer and the first president of the Tyler Industrial Foundation and director of the Texas Research League. In 1959 he attended a national conference as a member of the Texas Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was the first president of the board of trustees of Tyler Junior College, a president of the Tyler School Board, and a member and chairman of the State Board of Education. He was also an organizer and the first president of the Texas Rose Festival, as well as a president of the East Texas Fair, the Rose Festival Athletic Association, and the Civic Music Association. In Tyler he was director of the Citizens National Bank and a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Kiwanis Club, and the American Legion. Ramey belonged to the Phi Delta Theta, Phi Delta Phi, and Delta Sigma Rho fraternities. He was on the board of stewards for the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a Democrat. He died on October 18, 1967, the opening day of the thirtieth Texas Rose Festival. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler.
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Alcalde (magazine of the Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas), February 1953. Thomas Clarence Richardson, East Texas: Its History and Its Makers (4 vols., New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1940). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Thomas B. Ramey, Jr.,
“Ramey, Thomas Boyd,”
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