Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
THORNBERRY, William Homer (1909-1995)

THORNBERRY, WILLIAM HOMER, a Representative from Texas; born in Austin, Travis County, Tex., January 9, 1909; attended the public schools; B.B.A., University of Texas, 1932; LL.B., University of Texas, 1936; admitted to the bar in 1936; lawyer, private practice; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1936-1941; district attorney of the fifty-third judicial district of Texas, 1941-1942; United States Navy, 1942-1946; member of the Austin, Tex., city council, 1946-1948, mayor pro tempore, 1947-1948; delegate at large to the Democratic National Conventions, 1956 and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses, served until his resignation on December 20, 1963 (January 3, 1949-December 20, 1963); United States district judge for the western district of Texas, 1963-1965, circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, 1965-1995; nominated to the United States Supreme Court, 1968; died on December 12, 1995, in Austin, Tex.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Papers: 1900-1980, 14 linear feet.
The papers contain materials documenting Homer Thornberry's friendship with Lyndon Baines Johnson, and his service as a U.S. district judge and U.S. circuit court judge. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Office Files of the White House Aids, 1955-1968, 3 linear feet.
A special file pertaining to Abe Fortas and Homer Thornberry. The file concerns the nomination of Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Homer Thornberry as an Associate Justice.

Oral History: December 21, 1970. 43 pages.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library Special Collections
Burlington, VT
Papers: In the George D. Aiken Papers, 1892-1987, 360 cubic feet.
The papers contain material relating to Homer Thornberry's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. A finding aid is available in the library.

  • Tomlin, Homer Ross. Homer Thornberry: Congressman, Judge, and Advocate for Equal Rights. Fort Worth, TX: Texas Christian University Press, 2016.