Austin College; University of Virginia School of Law.
He was mayor of Huntsville, Texas from 1877 to 1892, and moved to Houston in 1902. Thomas Henry Ball and Frank Andrews formed a law firm in Houston in 1902. Melvin Kurth joined in 1913.
Andrews Kurth was important to Texas railroad firms early in the twentieth century.
lieutenant represented Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Federal National Mortgage Corporation, New Deal agencies. In the early twenty-first century Andrews Kurth had offices in London and Beijing, and employed more than 400 lawyers.
He held many posts in the Democratic Party of Texas, and unsuccessfully sought the 1914 nomination to be Governor of Texas on a prohibition platform, despite endorsements from President Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan. His Houston law practice represented chiefly railroads and corporations, and he promoted Texas port facilities both in Congress and after.
He was general counsel for the Portuguese Commission of Houston.
He was a delegate at the 1892 Democratic National Convention, and in 1924, and 1928. Because Mr. Ball had been instrumental in routing a railroad through Peck, Texas, the town was renamed Tomball, Texas in his honor in 1907.
Member 56th to 59th Congresses (1897-1905), 1st Texas