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By Edgar Freeman Smith,Michelle M. Haas

within the Twenties, the legislations of oil and fuel in Texas used to be a frontier: uncooked and unsettled.

As Assistant lawyer basic accountable for the land table, Edgar Smith chanced on himself a interested observer and an energetic participant in a few an important instances within the heritage of Texas land and oil law.

"I'm going to be a lawyer."

Do you ever imagine humans used to have extra gumption than they do now?

Let's examine Edgar Smith, the youngest baby of a circuit preacher. through age 11 he needed to paintings in a coal mine to help his widowed mom. whilst he used to be eighteen they misplaced their domestic to foreclosures. humans informed him to benefit a alternate if he desired to get by way of. Edgar's ears have been plugged to that. All he ever desired to be was once a lawyer.

He sweated all day and studied into the evening. This used to be again should you may learn for the legislation. After six years of examining, Edgar took the bar examination. He handed. Edgar Freeman Smith was once a lawyer.

Before he was once thirty he may function a mayor, president of a faculty board and eventually as Assistant legal professional common. one other 4 years and he will be First Assistant lawyer General.

"Lawsuits will not be red teas. they're battles."

Big circumstances the place discovering their technique to the land table then. instances that will swap the full felony panorama. It used to be Edgar's task to argue for the kingdom of Texas. His competitors the place males of vast studying with ambitious minds. His weapon: laborious preparation.

A Saga of Texas Land and Oil legislations is Edgar Smith's criminal autobiography, written in 1940. no longer many have been published again then, so it is not easy to discover. within he lays out the the evidence of the circumstances he argued and why he received, whereas providing the arguments of his competitors in a good light.

"A actual tale of Texas legislation, attorneys, Judges
and recognized Lawsuits"

The instances he covers include:

The Capitol Syndicate case
The crimson River Boundary case
The Relinquishment Act
The case of the 'So-called Oil Leases'
and more

Edgar Smith went directly to paintings for Baker, Botts & Parker & Garwood (now Baker Botts) and encompasses a concise historical past of the enterprise, in addition to a great personality cartoon of pass judgement on Garwood.

He additionally info his involvement in:

The Pool corridor cases
Martial legislation at Galveston (1920)
Martial legislation within the East Texas Oil Field
1922 university Textbook case
and more

J. Frank Dobie notion sufficient of Edgar's ebook to incorporate it in his consultant to lifestyles and Literature of the Southwest, a type of grasp analyzing record if you'd like a fantastic grounding within the tradition and heritage of our region.

Edgar Smith manages a unprecedented feat during this booklet: he's transparent minded, reasonable and unique without warning. you'll find him to be respectable, diligent, observant and devoted to the pursuits of his clients.

When he left Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood shape his personal perform in Austin, pass judgement on Garwood wrote this commitment to him:

In reminiscence of good fought fields;
to have misplaced with no dejection; to have received with no elation;
to have fought for romance of fact that justice may possibly prevail,
without considered end result to self
- what larger existence can the realm afford?

This ebook merits a spot in your shelf and on your heart.

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