BENJAMIN D. TARLTON
Benjamin D. Tarlton, professor of law, died
on September 22, 1919. He was 69.
Professor Tarlton was born on October 18, 1849,
in St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana. He received a bachelor's degree
from St. Charles College in 1868 and a law degree from Tulane
University in 1872.
After moving to Texas in 1875, Professor Tarlton
practiced law in Waxahachie and Hillsboro. He was elected to the
House of Representatives of the Texas Legislature in 1880 and
in 1884. Governor James S. Hogg appointed him chief justice of
the Court of Civil Appeals for the Second District of Texas. He
was later reelected for a second term. After Professor Tarlton
retired from the bench in 1899, he practiced law in Fort Worth.
He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in
1904, where he specialized in property, wills, and evidence. He
authored several textbooks used by various law schools, including
the UT Austin School of Law.
St. Charles College conferred an honorary degree
on Professor Tarlton. A memorial scholarship honoring him was
established in 1965 by the James R. Dougherty Foundation. The
library of the School of Law at the University was also named
"Judge B. D. Tarlton, An Appreciation" was published
in The Alcalde in November 1919. A "Memorial Address on
Professor Benjamin Dudley Tarlton" appeared in the December 1919
edition of The Alcalde.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18,
2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,
The UT Law Library Archives has addtional materials at http://www.law.utexas.edu/rare/archives.htm