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  Yarborough, Ralph W.
NameRalph W. Yarborough
Austin, Texas , United States
Born June 08, 1903
DiedJanuary 27, 1996 (92 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 22, 2015 10:08pm
Tags Caucasian - Army - Christian - Straight -
InfoBorn in Chandler, Henderson County, Tex., June 8, 1903; attended the public schools of Chandler and Tyler, Tex.; attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1919 and 1920 and the Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Tex., in 1921; taught school for three years in Delta and Martin Springs, Henderson County, Tex.; spent one year working and studying foreign trade and international relations in Europe, mostly in Germany as assistant secretary for the American Chamber of Commerce in Berlin; served in the Thirty-sixth Division, Texas National Guard, from private to staff sergeant, 1923-1926; graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1927; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in El Paso, Tex.; assistant attorney general of Texas 1931-1934; member, board of directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority 1935; unsuccessful candidate for State attorney general in 1938; lectured on land law at University of Texas Law School in 1935; elected and served as district judge of the Fifty-third Judicial district, Austin, Tex., 1936-1941, and for three years was presiding judge for the third administrative judicial district; during the Second World War served in Army ground forces in Europe and Japan from 1943 until discharged as a lieutenant colonel in 1946; author; member of Texas Board of Law Examiners 1947-1951; unsuccessful candidate for the gubernatorial nomination in 1952, 1954, and 1956; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in a special election April 2, 1957, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Price Daniel for the term ending January 3, 1959; reelected in 1958, and again in 1964, and served from April 29, 1957, to January 3, 1971; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1970 and for nomination in 1972; chairman, Committee on Labor and Public Welfare (Ninety-first Congress); member, Interparliamentary Union Group 1961-1970; member, board of directors, Gallaudet College 1969-1971; member, constitutional revision commission of Texas 1973-1974; member, State library and archives commission of Texas 1983-1987; practiced law in Austin, Tex., was a resident of Austin, Tex., until his death on January 27, 1996; interment in Texas State Cemetery, Austin.


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  06/03/1972 TX US Senate - D Runoff Lost 47.93% (-4.15%)
  05/06/1972 TX US Senate - D Primary Won 49.99% (+11.87%)
  05/02/1970 TX US Senate - D Primary Lost 46.34% (-7.32%)
  11/03/1964 TX US Senate Won 56.22% (+12.66%)
  05/02/1964 TX US Senate - D Primary Won 57.36% (+14.72%)
  11/04/1958 TX US Senate Won 74.58% (+50.96%)
  07/26/1958 TX US Senate - D Primary Won 58.72% (+17.43%)
  04/02/1957 TX US Senate - Special Election Won 38.09% (+7.71%)
  08/25/1956 TX Governor - D Runoff Lost 49.89% (-0.23%)
  07/28/1956 TX Governor - D Primary Won 29.39% (+0.00%)
  08/28/1954 TX Governor - D Runoff Lost 46.85% (-6.31%)
  07/24/1954 TX Governor - D Primary Won 47.82% (+0.00%)
  07/26/1952 TX Governor - D Primary Lost 36.00% (-25.47%)
TX US President - D Primary - Mar 08, 1988 D Al Gore
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - May 17, 1970 R Harry Blackmun
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Apr 08, 1970 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Nov 21, 1969 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Jun 23, 1969 R Warren E. Burger
TX US President - Nov 05, 1968 DFL Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.
US President - D Convention - Aug 29, 1968 D Eugene J. "Gene" McCarthy
US President - D Primaries - Jun 11, 1968 D Robert Francis Kennedy
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 30, 1967 D Thurgood Marshall