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John Henry Sharp (1874-1957)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1934-1952

John Henry Sharp was born April 25, 1874, in Robertson County, Texas. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1897. Following his graduation, he studied law in a private law office in Franklin for a year and was admitted to the bar in 1898.

Sharp established a law practice in Ennis in 1900. He later served four years as mayor of Ennis, and was the president of the school board there for eight years. He was married and had two daughters.

In 1929 Gov. Dan Moody appointed Sharp to the Supreme Court Commission of Appeals. He served in that position until 1934, when he was elected an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Sharp served on the supreme court until 1952. He was remembered as a mild-mannered but firm jurist during the eighteen years he served on the bench.

John H. Sharp died in Austin on November 20, 1957. He was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.


21 Texas Bar Journal 60 (January, 1958).

Texas State Cemetery (visited September 14, 2006).

Extended bibliography

Speer, Ocie. Texas Jurists 118, 198 (Austin, Texas: the author, 1936).

Additional information available in Southwestern Historical Quarterly as follow:
Volume 43, page 239
Volume 60, page 18, 20

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 2, page 41
Volume 4, page 10
Volume 15, page 607
Volume 21, page 60, 163, 223

Two Retire from Texas High Courts, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 18, 1952.

Judge John H. Sharp Succumbs at Austin, Dallas Morning News, Nov. 22, 1957.