logo logo

George Waverley Briggs

George Waverley Briggs, American banker. Decorated King’s Medal by George VI for civilian service to Allies, 1946.

Background

  • Briggs, George Waverley was born on February 27, 1883 in Camden, Alabama, United States. Son of Ritchie Jones and Alice (Burford) Briggs.

  • Education

    • Student public and private schools San Francsico and Austin and University Texas.

    Career

    • Reporter Austin (Texas) Tribune, 1905, San Antonio Express, 1906-1910. Managing editor Austin Statesman. 1910-1911; staff correspondent, Dallas News, 1911.

      Editor Galveston News, 1913-1918. Manager Galveston branch Office of War Trade Board, 1917. Assistant manager S.W. div.

      American Red Cross, commissioner insurance and banking for Texas, 1919-1920. Vice president, trust officer City National Bank, Dallas, 1920-1930, First National Bank. Dallas, since 1930, honorary senior trust officer, since 1955.

      Director A. H. Belo Corporation Chairman Confederate Reunion, Dallas, 1925. Chairman for Texas of George Washington Bi-Centennial. President Dallas Chamber of Commerce., 1928-1929 (vice president 1920-1927).

      Member of national council United States Chamber of Commerce (chairman 1930 and 1939. Chairman Texas State Council, 1941-1943). Director Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1920-1924.

      Treasurer Chinese Famine Relief, Texas Industrial Congress, treasurer Texas Division National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor. Director Texas Tax League, 1922-1923. Appointed Penitentiary Commissioner for Texas, 1910.

      Member Indeterminate Sentence Law Common for Texas, 1913. Member Texas Civil Judicial Council, 1928-1954. Chairman Galveston chapter American Red Cross, 1916-1917.

      Dallas United Charities (director 1928-1947). Vice chairman for Texas, National Foundation Infantile Paralysis, 1938-1945. chairman 1946. Vice president, trustee Southwestern Legal Foundation.

      Director Centennial Central Exposition Corporation, Pan-American Exposition.

    Works

    • Author: The Texas Penitentiaries, 1908. The Housing Problem in Texas, 1911. Digest of Texas Insurance and Banking Laws, 1920.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Conglist

    Membership

    Member of national council United States Chamber of Commerce (chairman 1930 and 1939. Member Indeterminate Sentence Law Common for Texas, 1913. Member Texas Civil Judicial Council, 1928-1954.

    Member English Speaking Union (United States) (director 1942-1948, president dallas chapter 1929-1950), Dallas History Society (trustee, chairman of the executive committee), Texas Centennial Commission, Texas World’s Fair commission, Philosophical Society Texas (treasurer, president 1940), American Bar Association (member layman’s committee, judicial section 1946, chairman 1947), Newcomen Society England (chairman Texas committee 1946-1954). Mason (K.T., 33°, I.G. H., Shriner). Clubs: Athletic. City, Critic.

    Connections

    • Married Lorena May Foster, March 20, 1912.
    • father: Ritchie Jones Briggs
    • mother: Alice (Burford) Briggs
    • spouse: Lorena May Foster
    See on larger map
    Born February 27, 1883
    Died July 16, 1957
    (aged 74)
    Nationality

    Award