Bachelor of Science, Mississippi State University, 1923. Bachelor of Laws, University Virginia, 1928. Doctor of Laws, Millsaps College, 1957.
Doctor of Laws, University Wyoming, 1962. Doctor of Laws, Mississippi College, 1969. Doctor of Laws, Belhaven College, 1972.
Doctor of Laws, William Carey College, 1975. Doctor of Laws, Livingston University, 1984.
Practiced in, DeKalb, Mississippi. Member Mississippi House of Representatives, 1928-1932. District prosecuting attorney 16th Judicial District, 1931-1937.
Circuit judge, 1937-1947. Member United States Senate from Mississippi, 1947-1989, member armed services committee, chairman appropriations committee. President pro tempore United States Senate, 1987-1989.
Executive in residence Mississippi State University, 1989-1990.
Active in promotion farm youth training programs. State chairman Mississippi 4-H Advisory Council. Member American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chi Rho.
Clubs: Masons, Lions.
married Coy Hines, December 24, 1929 (deceased). Children: John Hampton, Margaret Jane (Mistress Womble).