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A Guide to the Francis (Charles Inge) Papers, 1938-1942
Charles Inge Francis (1893-1969) was born on September 1, 1893 in Denton, TX. In 1915 he earned a BA from UT Austin and a BA and MA in law in 1917. During his time at UT, Francis was the shortstop and third baseman on the Longhorn baseball team. After receiving his law degree, Francis joined the army and served in France during World War I. When he returned from the war, Francis moved to Wichita Falls, TX and became a partner in the Weeks and Weeks law firm.
Francis became the special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General and served as a counselor to the Petroleum Administration Board in 1933. He served on the UT Board of Regents from 1929 to 1935, and acted as president for the Texas Ex-Students’ Association from 1931 to 1933. In 1934 he moved to Houston to work as a partner in the law firm Vinson, Elkins, Weems, and Francis. During his time as a partner, Francis worked as the special assistant to the secretary of war in 1940, he bought the “Big Inch” and “Little Inch” pipelines with E. Holley Poe, and created the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation in 1946 serving as the vice president, general counsel, and director of the company. In 1950, after spending 16 years as a partner, Francis opened a law office in Houston.
Among his many accomplishments are helping to create the UT Law School Foundation and serving as its president from 1952-1967; being named the most distinguished alumnus of the UT law school in 1958 and 1964; having the Law Day Program dedicated in his name; serving as a regent for North Texas State University (today the University of North Texas); serving as a member of the Centennial Board of the University of Michigan; being the director of the Reed Roller Bit Company; serving as vice president of Southland Life Insurance Company; serving on the state Democratic executive committee; and as a consultant to the United States Department of the Interior as an expert on oil and gas.
Francis was married in 1920 in Wichita Falls to Adelle Adickes and had two daughters. On November 11, 1969 Francis died after having a stroke.
Sheana Dempsey,"FRANCIS, CHARLES INGE,"Handbook of Texas Online.Accessed April 29, 2015.https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffr23
The papers in this collection consist of speeches, articles, printed material, and reminiscences from Charles Inge Francis in 1938-1942. From 1938-1942, Francis was living in Houston, TX and working as both a partner in a law firm and as the spcial assistant to the secretary of war in 1940.
This collection is open for research use.
Charles Inge Francis Papers, 1938-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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