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BONNER, MICAJAH HUBBARD (1828–1883). Micajah Hubbard Bonner, lawyer and state Supreme Court justice, son of William N. Bonner, was born in Greenville, Alabama, on January 25, 1828. In 1836 the family moved to Holmes County, Mississippi. Bonner attended LaGrange College in Kentucky, studied law, and began practice at Lexington, Mississippi, in 1848. In 1849 he moved to Marshall, Texas, where he practiced law and married Elizabeth Patience Taylor. Later he moved to Rusk and formed a partnership with James Pinckney Henderson, which lasted until Henderson was elected to the United States Senate in 1857. Bonner then practiced law with his brother, F. W. In 1873 he was appointed judge of the Seventh District and moved to Tyler. In 1878 he was appointed associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court by Governor R. B. Hubbard. Bonner became chief justice in 1878 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1882. He returned to Tyler, where he died on November 28, 1883.


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Jeanette H. Flachmeier


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

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, "BONNER, MICAJAH HUBBARD," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.