Hon. Jack Hightower

Justice Jack Hightower was born in Memphis, Texas in 1926. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from Baylor University and then Baylor Law School. He served as District Attorney of the 46th Judicial District, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, a Texas Senator, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. After his political career, he worked as the first assistant attorney general and later as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. During his tenure on the Court, he earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia and founded the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, becoming its first President. He was also instrumental in the tunnel connecting the adjacent state buildings (including the Supreme Court Building) to the Capitol Extension. By the time of his retirement, he had devoted a half century to public service. He had a deep interest in history, and his library contained books autographed by many presidents, including President John Quincy Adams. The Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University now houses his books and political papers.


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