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James Gorman Houston

James Gorman Houston was state supreme court justice. Bar: Alabama 1956. Named Citizen of Year, City of Eufaula, 1979; recipient Alumni Achievement in Humanities award Auburn University, 1993.


  • Houston, James Gorman was born on March 11, 1933 in Eufaula, Alabama, United States. Son of James Gorman and Mildred (Vance) Houston.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 1955. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1956. Juris Doctor, University Alabama, 1969.


    • Law clerk to chief justice Alabama Supreme Court, Montgomery, 1956-1957. Partner Houston & Martin, Professional Corporation, Eufaula, 1960-1985. Associate justice Alabama Supreme Court, Montgomery, 1985—2003, acting chief justice, 2003—2004.

      Retired, 2005; of counsel Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama, since 2005. County attorney Barbour County, Clayton, Alabama, 1961-1979.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Alabama 1956.


    • Contributor numerous opinions to Southern Reporter. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    All human life is created by God and therefore is significant and valuable. When governments implement the capital punishment, then the life of the convicted is devalued and all possibilities of change end.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    The objective people wish to attain is not merely to be saved from something. God wishes his children to be saved to something.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The family is the most basic of human institutions through which people are nurtured and sustained in love, responsibility, and respect.


    Mayor pro tempore, alderman City of Eufaula, 1964-1970. President Heritage Association, Eufaula, Alabama, 1979-1982. Member Alabama Commission on Uniform State Laws.

    1st lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force, 1957-1960. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, Alabama State Bar (examiner 1979-1982, disciplinary commission 1984-1985, state bar commissioner 1982-1985), Barbour County Bar Association (president 1975), Eufaula Chamber of Commerce (president 1974).


    • Married Martha Martin, December 3, 1955. Children: Mildred Vance, J. Gorman III.
    • father: James Gorman Houston
    • mother: Mildred (Vance) Houston
    • spouse: Martha Martin
    • children: Mildred Vance Houston
    • J. Gorman III Houston
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    Born March 11, 1933