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Byron George Skelton was American federal judge. Bar: Texas 1931, United States Court Appeals 1937, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1946, Federal Communications Commission 1950, Tax Court United States 1952, United States Treasury Department 1952, Interstate Commerce Commission 1953. Named Kentucky Colonel and Admiral in Texas Navy, 1959; recipient Legion of Honor DeMolay, 1980, Temple Outstanding Citizen award, 1990.

Background

Skelton, Byron George was born on September 1, 1905 in Florence, Texas, United States. Son of Clarence Edgar and Avis (Bowmer) Skelton.

Education

Student, Baylor University, 1923—1924. Bachelor of Arts Texas, 1927. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1928.

Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1931.

Career

Born in Florence, in Williamson County, Texas, Skelton received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1927, an M.A. from the same institution in 1928, and an LL.B. from University of Texas School of Law in 1931. He was in private practice in Temple, Texas from 1931 to 1942, and was a County attorney of Bell County, Texas from 1934 to 1938. He was a special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Argentina from 1942 to 1945, returning to his private practice from 1945 to 1966.

He was also a city attorney of Temple, Texas from 1945 to 1960. On October 1, 1982, Skelton was reassigned by operation of law to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, along with the other sitting appellate judges of the Court of Claims. His service was terminated on February 6, 2004, when he died.

He is the great grandfather to Mysti, Rusten and Rayse Ramsey, Janae' Jessen, Meghan and Molly Farrell, and Adam and Anna Herald.

Achievements

  • Bar: Texas 1931, United States Court Appeals 1937, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1946, Federal Communications Commission 1950, Tax Court United States 1952, United States Treasury Department 1952, Interstate Commerce Commission 1953.

Religion

The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.

Politics

The use of force should be supported only in extreme situations and through approve of appropriate international organizations.

Views

Bible is the primary source of theology and doctrine, with three others being tradition, reason and experience.

Membership

Democratic national committeeman for Texas, 1956-1964. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1948,56, 60, 64. Delegate Texas Democratic Convention, 1946, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, vice chairman, 1948, 58.

Chairman Democratic Advisory Council of Texas, 1955-1957;former president Temple Young Men’s Christian Association. President Temple Industrial Foundation, 1966. Member American Bar Association, State Bar Texas, Bell-Lampasas and Mills Counties Bar Association (past president), American Law Institute, American Judicature Society, Temple Chamber of Commerce (past president, director), Ex-Students' Association University Texas (past president, member exec.coun.), General Society Mayflower Descendants, Masons (past worshipful master), Shriners, Kiwanis (past president), Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Delta Pi, Delta Theta Phi.

Connections

Married Ruth Alice Thomas, November 28, 1931. Children: Sue, Sandra.

father:
Clarence Edgar Skelton

mother:
Avis (Bowmer) Skelton

spouse:
Ruth Alice Thomas

child:
Sue Skelton

child:
Sandra Skelton