Alfred Ernest Wilkinson, attorney and reporter for the Supreme Court of Texas, was born to Winfield S. and Frances Elizabeth (Sampson) Wilkinson on December 6, 1846, at Skaneatles, New York. During the Civil War Wilkinson served as a private in Company B of the 140th Illinois Infantry. Following the conflict he entered the University of Michigan, from which he received the B.A. degree in 1869. He was enrolled as a student in that university's law department during 1870 and 1871 and was admitted to the Illinois bar in the latter year. He practiced law briefly in Morrison, Illinois, before moving to Grayson County, Texas, in 1872. In Grayson County Wilkinson established a successful legal career. Following his marriage to Anne Maria Oldham, on November 4, 1875, with whom he raised two children, he served one term as Grayson county judge, from 1876 to 1878. In 1896 he was hired as the official reporter for the Supreme Court of Texas, a position that he held until his death in 1932. He was a Democrat and a member of the Christian Church. Wilkinson died in Austin on July 15, 1932.