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ROBERT SIMONTON GOULD
Robert Simonton Gould, retired professor of law and member of the first faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, died on June 30, 1904. He was 77.
Professor Gould was born on December 16, 1826, in Iredell County, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1844, and received his law license in 1849.
Professor Gould practiced law briefly in Mississippi. He moved to Texas in 1850 and set up a law practice in Centerville. In 1853 he was elected district attorney for the Thirteenth District. Professor Gould was a member of the Secession Convention and later served as a colonel in the Confederate Army.
In 1874 Professor Gould was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court and elected to the court in 1876. He also served one year as chief justice.
In 1883 Professor Gould was named one of the first professors of law at the University. He taught until shortly before his death in 1904.<signed>
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.