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Guide to the Few Brewster Papers, 1915-1930
Few Brewster was born in Williamson County, Texas on May 10, 1889. As a student, Brewster attended Baylor University and Howard Payne College. He received his LL.M. in 1916 from the University of Texas School of Law.
Brewster’s legal career began in Temple, Texas, where we worked as an attorney from 1916 to 1929, except for a brief hiatus during which he served as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry during World War I. He worked as county attorney for Bell County from 1919 to 1923 and as district attorney from 1923 until 1929, at which point he assumed the position of district judge of the 27th District. Brewster was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court Commission of Appeals in 1941. In 1945, he became an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court following its expansion to nine seats, a position to which he won election in 1948, and reelection in 1954, and which he held until his 1957 retirement.
Brewster served as President of the Bell County Bar Association and held several positions within the Texas Bar Association, including head of the judicial section (1937-38), secretary (1938-39), and vice president (1939-40). When the Texas Bar Association evolved into the State Bar of Texas, Brewster became vice president in April 1940 and served as president from 1940-41.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Few Brewster was an active author of legal scholarship. Notable among his publications are Search and Seizure, a definitive manuscript on police power in prohibited liquor caes, and a Texas Bar Journal advocating for a racially integrated bar.
This collection contains notes and publications relating to Few Brewster’s professional work.
The first series in this collection is Notes. This series contains two volumes of notes taken by Few Brewster from lectures delivered by Robert Emmet Cofer.
The second series is Publications. Included in this series are Brewster’s seminal work on prohibited liquor cases, Search and Seizure, and an encyclopedia of legal disputes and cases.
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