Temple Houston

A statue of Temple Houston located at the Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum in Woodward Oklahoma

From The Mangum Daily Star 22 July 1934. (edited)

Temple Houston Picturesque

Temple Houston was the most picturesque of the lawyers who came here to attend each session of district court in Old Greer County, Texas. He looked like the true Westerner that he was and dressed the part. He was without a peer as an orator and his pure cleverness won lawsuits for his clients.

Upon one occasion a special venire of 300 citizens had been summoned for the trial of Jim Morris, murderer of J.M. Moss and Will Roberts. Temple Houston, chief counsel for Morris, wanted a continuance. He was not ready to go to trial and was determined that the case should not be tried at that term of court.

When Houston was through examining the 300 special veniremen, only one man remained who could qualify for service on the jury. He was a school teacher living at Hess, with feet that required a No.12 or No. 13 shoe. “I would have knocked him out,” said Houston, “if his feet hadn’t been too damned big to go through the doors.”

Temple Houston did not like to be referred to as the son of General Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas and first governor of the State of Texas. “Temple Houston stands on his own name,” was his motto.