Asa Hoxie Willie Edit Profile
Willie attended private schools in Wilkes County, Georgia and at the age of 16, he moved to Brenham, Texas in 1846 and studied law in the office of his older brother, James Willie.
During the , he served as a major in the Confederate Army. Willie was elected as a Democrat to one term in Congress from 1873 to 1875 as an at-large Member. He was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Brenham.
He was elected district attorney of the third judicial district of Texas from 1852-1854. With the outbreak of the , Willie was commissioned a major in the Seventh Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army on the staff of Colonel John Gregg. Willie was captured along with most of his troops at Fort Donelson in February, 1862.
The captured men were confined at Johnson's Island, Ohio for nine months before the regiment was exchanged in time to take part in the Battle of Chickamauga in September, 1863. Willie fought the rest of the battles of the Army of Tennessee until its surrender. After the , Willie moved to Galveston, Texas and in 1866 was elected Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court but was removed by Reconstruction military authorities in 1867.
After his service on the court, Willie resumed the practice of law. After Reconstruction was complete and Texans resumed their rights under the U.S. Constitution, Texas received two additional congressional representatives through apportionment as a result of the 1870 Census. The legislature did not redraw the state's 4 congressional districts and instead allowed two members to be elected in at-large districts.
Willie was elected to Congress in 1872 and served for one term. Willie did not seek reelection in 1874 and returned to Galveston where he was elected city attorney in 1875 and 1876. In 1882, Willie was appointed Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court by Governor Oran M. Roberts, himself a former Chief Justice of Texas.
Willie served on the court until his retirement in 1888. Willie died in Galveston on March 16, 1899.
Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Texas, 43d Congress, 1873-1875.
Married Bettie Johnson, October 20, 1859, 10 children.