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Meade Felix Griffin (1897-1974)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1949-1968
Special Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1969

Meade Felix Griffin was born March 17, 1894 in Cottonwood, Callahan County, Texas. He attended The University of Texas, earning a B.A. degree in 1915 and an LL.B. in 1917. In August 1917 he completed officer training camp and served as a major in the infantry during the First World War. He was admitted to the bar in 1917 and began practicing law in Tulia, in the Texas panhandle between Lubbock and Amarillo. He was married the same year, and he and his wife had two children.

Griffin's public service career began in 1919, when he was elected mayor of Tulia. In 1920 he moved to nearby Plainview, where he continued to practice law. He served as Swisher County attorney (1919-20), as county judge of Hale County (1923-26), and as district attorney of the Sixty-fourth Judicial District (1927-34). He served two years as director of the Texas Bar Association and two years as director of the group's successor, the State Bar of Texas, and served on various committees of both groups. Griffin, who rose to the rank of colonel during the Second World War, served as chief of the prosecution subsection of the U.S. Army's War Crimes Branch in Germany at the close of the war.

Griffin was appointed an associate justice by Gov. Beauford H. Jester following the resignation of A. J. Folley from the court in 1949. He served on the court until retiring in 1968. In 1969 he was appointed a special judge to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, thus becoming one of few judges to serve on both of the state's highest courts. From 1969 to 1971 he was an assistant attorney general.

Divorced from his first wife in 1950, Griffin married again later that year. He died in Austin June 3, 1974, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

Sources

Griffin, Meade Felix, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001).
http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fgr62.html

12 Texas Bar Journal 151.

Extended bibliography

The Standard Blue Book 163, Texas ed (San Antonio, Texas: A. J. Peeler & Co., 1921).

Greenhill, Joe R. Judge Meade F. Griffin, 6 St. Mary's Law Journal Preceding 303.

Additional information available in Southwestern Historical Quarterly as follow:
Volume 55, page 513
Volume 60, page 3, 19

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 3, page 293
Volume 4, page 313, 357
Volume 5, page 227
Volume 12, page 151
Volume 21, page 721
Volume 25, page 609
Volume 27, page 578, 781
Volume 31, page 1005
Volume 32, page 81, 160
Volume 37, page 890, 1027

Friend, Llerena. Meade F. Griffin-West Texan or 'From Cottonwood to Capitol', 52 West Texas Historical Association Yearbook 3 (1976).

Judge Griffin Seeks Second Court Term, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 15, 1956.

Judge Griffin Dead, Austin American-Statesman, June 4, 1974.

Services Scheduled for Justice Griffin, 80, Dallas Morning News, June 5, 1974.

Meade F. Griffin Collection. Archives Division, Texas State Library (Austin, Texas).

Personal files on Supreme Court cases. Texas Collection, Baylor University (Waco, Texas).