EAGLETON, CLYDE (1891–1958). Clyde Eagleton, legal scholar and teacher, was born in Sherman, Texas, on May 13, 1891, the son of Addie Christian (Parker) and Davis Foute Eagleton. He attended the Sherman public schools and Austin College, where he received B.A. (1910) and M.A. (1911) degrees. As a Rhodes scholar he earned a second B.A. (1917) from Oxford University; he received a second M.A. (1928) from Princeton and a Ph.D. (1928) from Columbia University. Austin College gave him an honorary doctorate in 1941. Eagleton served on the faculty of New York University from 1923 to 1956, and at various times he taught at the University of Louisville, Southern Methodist University, Daniel Baker College, the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, Stanford, Yale, the University of Washington, and the Académie de Droit International (the Hague, Netherlands). He was a legal expert with the United States Department of State (1943–45) and served as assistant secretary of the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in 1944. In 1945 he was technical expert with the United States delegation to the Washington meeting of the Committee of Jurists and adviser to the United States delegation at the San Francisco Conference for the founding of the United Nations. He was director of the Institute for the Study of International Law at New York University, and at the time of his death he was studying legal aspects of the use of international rivers. He wrote many articles for professional journals and periodicals and several books, including The Responsibilities of States in International Law (1928), International Government (1932, 1948, 1957), and The Forces That Shape Our Future (1945). In addition, he was coeditor of seven volumes of the Annual Review of United Nations Affairs (1949–56), published by New York University Press. He was a Presbyterian, a member of numerous national and international associations and of the Texas State Historical Association, president of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and a consultant to United Nations bodies. He was married to Sara Virginia McKinney on September 15, 1917, and they had one son. Eagleton died on January 30, 1958.
New York Times, January 31, 1958. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 3. Roger R. Wilson, "Clyde Eagleton: May 13, 1891-January 29, 1958," American Journal of International Law 52 (April 1958).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.N. Ethie Eagleton, "EAGLETON, CLYDE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fea02), accessed July 11, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.