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Ralph Webster Yarborough

Ralph Webster Yarborough, American lawyer, former senator. Bar: Texas 1927. Honorary fellow Postgraduate Center Mental Health, New York, 1965.


  • Yarborough, Ralph Webster was born on June 8, 1903 in Chandler, Texas, United States. Son of Charles Richard and Nannie Jane (Spear) Yarborough.

  • Education

    • Student, United States Military Academy, 1 year. Student, Sam Houston State Teachers University. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1927.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Lincoln College, 1965. Doctor of Laws, St. Edward's University, 1971.


    • Teacher public schools, Texas, 3 yrs. Practiced law El Paso, 1927-1931. Assistant attorney general Texas, 1931-1934.

      Lecturer law University Texas, 1935. Judge 53d Judicial District of Texas, 1936-1941. Presiding judge 53d Judicial District of Texas (3d Administrative Judicial District), 1937-1940.

      United States senator from Texas, 1957-1971. Sole practice Austin, 1971-1996. Associate professor political science University Texas at Arlington, 1975.

      Member United States Congress delegation 51st Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, Brasilia, Brazil, 1962, Dublin, Ireland, 1965, Canberra, Australia, 1966, Teheran, Iran, 1966, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1967, Lima, Peru, 1968, Vienna, Austria, 1969, Delhi, India, 1969, The Hague, Netherlands, 1970. Member Texas Constitutional Revision Commission, 1973-1974.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1927.


    • Contributor to: Lincoln for the Ages, 1964, Texas Avenue at Main Street, 1964. Author: Frank Dobie. Man and Friend, 1967.

      Foreword Three Men in Texas, 1967, The Public Lands of Texas, 1972, Carrascolendas: Bilingual Education Through Television, 1974.


    The diversity of religious expressions is guaranteed by the separation of church and state. However, church and state should interact in different social and political fields for the benefit of the whole society.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    People need not just to accept but also to grow in relationship with God. God's grace and love constantly prompts and seeks to transform people, and so they should continually seek and pray to grow in holiness and love.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Christians with differing approaches should be engaged with each other to discuss how the Bible should be applied to issues in our contemporary world.


    Board directors Lower Colorado River Authority, 1935-1936, State Board Law Examiners, 1947-1951. Member Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1983. Past member Abraham Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission.

    Past member executive board National Civil War Centennial Commission. Past member board directors Gallaudet College Served as lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1943-1946, Europe, Japan. Member American Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, Travis County Bar Association (past president), Association Trial Lawyers American, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Law Institute, State Bar Texas (past director), Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Order of Coif, Acacia, Phi Delta Phi.

    Lodges: Masons, Shriners.


    • Married Opal Catherine Warren, June 30, 1928. 1 son, Richard Warren.
    • father: Charles Richard Yarborough
    • mother: Nannie Jane (Spear) Yarborough
    • spouse: Opal Catherine Warren
    Ralph Webster Yarborough
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    Born June 8, 1903
    Died January 27, 1996
    (aged 92)
    • 1927
      University Texas
    • 1965
      Lincoln College
    • 1971
      St. Edward's University
    • 1927 - 1931
      practice, d law El Paso
    • 1931 - 1934
      assistant, attorney general Texas
    • 1935
      lecturer, law University Texas
    • 1936 - 1941
      judge 53d Judicial District of Texas
    • 1937 - 1940
      presiding judge 53d Judicial District of Texas (3d Administrative Judicial District)
    • 1957 - 1971
      United States senator from Texas
    • 1971 - 1996
      sole practice, Austin
    • 1975
      associate, professor political science University Texas at Arlington
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