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J. C. Duvall Papers

Identifier: P-0017

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials relating to the life of J. C. Duvall. The extent of the collection is 1 box (.5 linear feet).


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Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

J. C. Duvall was born in Owen County, Kentucky in 1902. He attended Drake University. He came to Texas in 1918 as a teacher. In 1920, he became a teacher at the Masonic Home in Fort Worth. He taught himself law and passed the bar in 1926. He began service as a state representative for Tarrant County in 1927 and served five consecutive two-year terms, the first legislator from Tarrant County to do so. He served with military intelligence during World War II and prosecuted Nazi war criminals in Germany after the war. In 1947, he was made chief presiding judge of the occupied German states of Wurttemberg and Baden. Duvall was chosen to fill in for the sick judge of the county's only criminal court in 1957 and was appointed officially in 1958. He won the next ten elections while being opposed only in 1979. He died February 13, 1982.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)


Gerald Hammer donated the materials in 1992. He found the items in his house while rehabilitating his house at 1505 Elizabeth Blvd., the former residence of J. C. Duvall.
J. C. Duvall Papers

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102