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Micajah Madison Brooks (1856-1934)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1899-1910

Micajah Madison Brooks was born in 1856, near Macon, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Virginia law school before arriving in Texas in 1879. After initially settling in Forney he moved to Greenville, where he practiced law for nine years. He was married and had four children.

Brooks became a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1899, succeeding J. M. Hurt. He served on the court until resigning in January 1910.

Brooks had moved to Dallas in 1902, and he ran an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1906. Following his court service, he practiced law in Dallas and was instrumental in founding Southern Methodist University, which opened in 1915. Brooks drew up the school's charter, served as its attorney, and became the first president of its board of trustees.

Brooks retired from practicing law in 1921. He died January 10, 1934 at his Dallas home, and was buried in Greenville.


Claudia Hazlewood. Brooks, Micajah Madison, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001).

Judicial History of Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals, 166 The Texas Criminal Reports xvii-xxvii (1958).