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Alfred John Harper (1864-1926)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1911-1917

Alfred John Harper was born May 17, 1864, in Forest, Mississippi. He arrived in Texas in 1881, settling in the town of Mexia in Limestone County. Following his arrival there he edited the Limestone New Era and the Mexia Ledger.

Harper was admitted to the bar in 1891. The following year he was elected district clerk of Limestone County. In 1896 he was elected Limestone County judge. Harper was married in 1901; he and his wife had four children. In 1903 he was elected to represent the Twelfth District in the Texas Senate.

Harper was elected a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals following the expiration of F. J. McCord's term on the court. He served on the court from 1911 to 1917.

Harper died May 31, 1926.


Carolyn Hyman. Harper, Alfred John, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001).