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Alfred Jennings Folley (1896-1981)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1945-1949

Alfred Jennings (Jack) Folley was born in Limestone County, Texas, November 28, 1896. His early years were spent on his parents' farm near Oletha. He graduated from high school in Mart, Texas, and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in 1921 and an LL.B. in 1925. While in law school, he taught a history course at Baylor.

After completing his law degree Folley practiced law for several years in Floydada and Spur, where he also served as district attorney and as judge of the 110th Judicial District from 1929 to 1937. He was married in 1929; the couple had a daughter.

In 1937 Folley was appointed a member of the Seventh Court of Civil Appeals; he became a member of the Supreme Court Commission of Appeals in 1943 and served until 1945, when a constitutional amendment increased the number of justices from three to nine, and commissioners were named as the new associate justices. He served on the court until resigning in April 1949. During his tenure he authored sixty-three opinions.

Following his supreme court service, Folley practiced law in Amarillo as a member of the law firm Adkins, Madden, Folley & Adkins until retiring in 1980. He was president of the State Bar of Texas from 1959 to 1960. Folley died in Amarillo May 10, 1981 at the age of eighty-six.


Bill Pugsley, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, private communication, September 28, 2006.

12 Texas Bar Journal 151.

44 Texas Bar Journal 1397 (December 1981), Memorial.

Extended bibliography

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 6, page 549
Volume 12, page 151
Volume 21, page 345
Volume 22, page 488
Volume 23, page 399
Volume 24, page 1049