|Walter A. Huxman
of Kansas, 1937-1939
Walter Augustus Huxman was born
in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, on February 16, 1887.
After completing his basic education he went on
to Emporia State College, and then to the
University of Kansas School of Law. He graduated
from the latter in 1914, and was admitted to the
Kansas State Bar Association in 1915. On January
21, 1915, he married Eula M. Biggs, with whom he
subsequently had one daughter, Ruth.
Soon after receiving his
license to practice law, Huxman became an
Assistant Prosecutor for Reno County (Kansas),
and he served in that capacity until entering
private practice in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1919.
He was appointed City Attorney for Hutchinson in
that same year, and served in that capacity until
Huxman first entered politics in 1928, when he
was an unsuccessful candidate for Justice of the
Kansas State Supreme Court.
Huxman's next venture into politics came in
1931, when he was appointed to the Kansas State
Tax Commission. During his one-year term, he
gained notoriety for his successful prosecution
against the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad.
After emerging as an accomplished keynote
speaker and chairman at the 1936 Democratic State
Convention, Huxman was drafted as the
gubernatorial candidate. He won election and was
sworn in as Governor of Kansas on January 11,
1937. During his tenure, a sales tax token system
was initiated, a uniform highway safety law was
sanctioned, World War I soldier bonuses were
paid, ad valorem tax charges were implemented,
unemployment compensations benefits were
approved, prohibition laws loosened, a new
textbook commission was organized, and drivers'
license regulations were amended. After running
unsuccessfully for reelection, Huxman left office
on January 9, 1939.
On April 29, 1939, President
Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Huxman as
Associate Justice for the Tenth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was confirmed
by the U.S. Senate on May 17, and was sworn into
office on May 23. He was elevated to Senior
Justice on May 1, 1957, and served in that
capacity until 1962.
Walter A. Huxman died in
Topeka, Kansas, on June 26, 1972, and was
buried in that city's Memorial Park Cemetery.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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