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Josiah Wheat

Josiah Wheat, American lawyer, director. Bar: Texas 1952, United States District Court (eastern district) Texas 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1961, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1969. Recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1976.


Wheat, Josiah was born on December 21, 1928 in Tyler County, Texas, United States. Son of James E. and Ruby R. Wheat.


Bachelor of Arts, University Texas, 1951;Juris Doctor, University Texas, 1952.


Partner, Wheat & Wheat, Woodville, Texas, 1952-1967;partner, Wheat & Stafford, Woodville, Texas, 1967-1983;of counsel, Wheat & Stafford, Woodville, Texas, 1983-1986;counsel, Wheat, Stafford & Allison, since 1986. Legal counsel Texas Water Quality Board, 1971-1973, Sam Houston Elec. Cooperative, since 1988.

General counsel Lower Neches Valley Authority, since 1974. City attorney City of Woodville, since 1959. County judge Tyler County, 1987-1989.

Partner Wheat Abstract/Woodville Abstract and Title Combined Companies, Woodville, F, W&S and The Timber Company, Woodville. Director August C. Richter, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Director Citizens State Bank, Woodville.

Trustee GoolsbeeMineral Trust, Wheat Mineral Trust.


Member National Water Commission United States, 1969-1973. Life member board visitors, past member advisory council astronomy department and McDonald Observatory, University Texas, 1978-1983. Member executive committee University Texas Centennial Commission.

Member administrative board Woodville United Methodist Church. Member executive committee Trinity Neches council Boy Scouts American. Board directors Tyler County Industrial Corporation, Tyler County Development Corporation, Scottish Rite dormitory University Texas, since 1990.

President Tyler County Dogwood Festival Association, Inc. Vice-chairman Texas medical disclosure panel Texas Department Health. Secretary Governor's Water Task Force, chairman subcommittee on water finance, 1980-1983.

Board managers Tyler County Hospital, since 1987. Served with United States Army, 1953-1954. Member American Bar Association (state bar delegate 1972-1978, state delegate 1978-1983, board governors 1983-1986, house of deals 1972-1988, special and standing committees on environmental law 1969-1976, 82-83, board edns. general practice section, commission on interest on lawyers trusts accounts 1986-1990), State Bar Texas (president 1969-1970, acting executive director 1972-1973, chairman section environmental law 1973-1974, Distinguished Service award 1973), Tyler County Bar Association (president 1989-1990), Jefferson County Bar Association, National Water Resources Association (resolutions committee since 1988), East Texas C. of Chamber (board directors 1960-1963), Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (waterways committee), Gulf Intercoastal Canal Association (board directors), Texas Water Conservation Association (board directors, president 1968-1970, chairman board directors 1970-1972), Deep East Texas Council Governments (president 1970-1972), Deep East Texas Development Association (water resources committee), Texas Ex-Students Association (life).

Lodges: Masons (York and Scottish Rites, 32 degree, Red Cross of Constantine).


Married Glendale Richter, July 12, 1952. Children– Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Seale, Josiah, Jennifer Wheat Pariseau.