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Charles Stewart Slatton (1895-1951)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1945-1947

Charles Stewart Slatton was born March 13, 1895, in Scranton, a small town thirty-eight miles southeast of Abilene in Eastland County, Texas. He attended the Scranton Academy, a preparatory school in his hometown, and then enrolled in Stamford College, a Methodist school that operated from 1907 to 1920 in nearby Stamford, north of Abilene. Slatton served overseas during World War I, then returned to Texas, and completed his degree at The University of Texas law school. He then studied at Cumberland University in Cumberland, Tennessee.

Slatton began his law practice in Jourdanton, the county seat of Atascosa County, Texas, located thirty-three miles south of San Antonio. He served as county attorney for Atscosa County for two years. He was elected district attorney of the 81st judicial district, and was reelected to the position twice without opposition. In 1930, Slatton moved to San Antonio, where he practiced law until 1937, when Gov. James Allred appointed him a justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, based in San Antonio.

In 1940, Slatton was appointed a commissioner of the Texas Supreme Court commission of appeals. When a constitutional amendment increased the Texas Supreme Court to nine members in 1945, Slatton became an associate justice. He served on the court until resigning in 1947.

Following his supreme court service, Slatton served as general counsel to the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Slatton lived for a time on a ranch outside of Austin, where he raised livestock. He also lived in Dallas. He died in Dallas on February 23, 1951, of a heart attack, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.


Charles Slatton, Texas State Cemetery (accessed April 18, 2007).

Supreme Court History - Since 1945, Supreme Court of Texas (accessed April 18, 2007).

Extended bibliography

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

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 3, page 65
Volume 11, page 483
Volume 14, page 201
Volume 27, page 883

C.S. Slatton Services Set, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 25, 1951.

Sunday Rites Set for C. S. Slatton, Former Justice, Dallas Times Herald, Feb. 25, 1951.