Bachelor of Business Administration, University Texas, 1932. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1936. Doctor of Laws, Gallaudet University, 1954.
Associate Powell, Wirtz, Rauhut & Gideon, Austin, Texas, 1936. Member Texas House of Representatives, 1937—1940. District attorney 53d judicial district Travis County, 1941—1942.
Partner Jones & Thornberry, Austin, 1946—1948. Mayor pro tempore City of Austin, 1947—1948. Member House of Representatives from 10th Texas district, 1949—1963.
Judge The United States of America District Court (western district) Texas, 1963—1965, United States Court Appeals for 5th Circuit, 1965—1995, senior judge, 1995. Member committee to implement criminal justice act Judicial Conference, 1964—1979. Committee on criminal justice act 5th Judicial Council, 1967.
Lieutenant commander United States Navy, 1942-1946.
Member city council City of Austin, Texas, 1946—1948. Member of American Bar Association, Travis County Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, Order of Coif, Kiwanis, Shriners, Masons (32d degree).
Married Eloise Engle, February 24, 1945 (deceased April 27, 1989). Children: Molly, David, Kate. Married Marian Harris, February 24, 1990.