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Offa Shivers Lattimore (1865-1937)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1919-1937

Offa Shivers Lattimore was born January 10, 1865 in Marion, Alabama. His father, a Baptist minister, moved the family to Falls County, south of Waco, Texas when Lattimore was twelve years old. Lattimore attended public schools there. He worked for the Texas Central Railway Company for two years before entering Baylor University. After graduating from Baylor in 1887, he taught school for two years in Durango and studied law in the offices of Z.T. Harland of Marlin, the county seat of Falls County. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and began practicing law in Fort Worth. The following year he was married; he and his wife eventually had seven sons, one of whom died in infancy.

Lattimore served as assistant county attorney in Tarrant County for four years beginning in 1890. He was elected county attorney in 1900 and served two terms, until 1904. He was elected to the Texas senate in 1910, and was reelected in 1914, serving eight years.

Lattimore was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1918 and was reelected in 1924, 1930, and 1936. Lattimore served as president of the boards of trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and San Marcos Academy, and as a trustee of Baylor University, Baylor Female College, and the Mexican Baptist Institute of Bastrop. He died October 27, 1937 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery, Austin. His peers remembered him as a tireless worker and an outstanding attorney and jurist.


Ernest R. May and H.S. Lattimore. Lattimore, Offa Shivers, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001).

In Memoriam, 135 Texas Criminal Reports xxv-xxx (1938).

Offa Lattimore, Texas State Cemetery (accessed November 16, 2006).