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Guide to the Robert Simonton Gould Letters to Thomas Watt Gregory, 1893
Judge Robert Simonton Gould (1826-1904) and Governor Oran Milo Roberts (1815-1898) were the first professors of Law appointed to the University of Texas when it opened in 1883. Gould had previously served as a district attorney and judge for the Thirteenth District, and as associate justice and chief justice (by a one-year term appointment) of the Texas Supreme Court. Roberts had previously served as an associate justice and chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Governor of Texas from 1878-1883.
Thomas Watt Gregory (1861-1933) earned a University of Texas law degree in 1885 and was among the first graduates of the University. He later served as an assistant attorney for the city of Austin and as University Regent, practiced law in partnership with another UT law graduate Robert Lynn Batts (1864-1935), and in 1914 was appointed attorney general of the United States.
The collection contains two letters addressed by Robert [Simonton] Gould to T. W. [Thomas Watt] Gregory inquiring whether Gregory would be interested in accepting a potential adjunct professor of Law position at the University of Texas. The letters reference the details of the new position, Governor [Oran Milo] Roberts' resignation from the professorship, and roles of the [University Board of] Regents. Also included are the names of five law school graduates shortlisted by Gould and Roberts as potential candidates to fill the position.
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Robert Simonton Gould Letters to Thomas Watt Gregory, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.