A Saga of Texas Land and Oil Law by Edgar Freeman Smith,Michelle M. Haas

By Edgar Freeman Smith,Michelle M. Haas

within the Nineteen Twenties, the legislations of oil and gasoline in Texas was once a frontier: uncooked and unsettled.

As Assistant lawyer common accountable for the land table, Edgar Smith came across himself a interested observer and an energetic participant in a few an important situations within the background 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. via age 11 he needed to paintings in a coal mine to help his widowed mom. while he used to be eighteen they misplaced their domestic to foreclosures. humans informed him to profit a alternate if he desired to get through. 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 was once again for those who may learn for the legislation. After six years of analyzing, Edgar took the bar examination. He handed. Edgar Freeman Smith used to be a lawyer.

Before he used to be thirty he could function a mayor, president of a faculty board and at last as Assistant legal professional normal. one other 4 years and he will be First Assistant legal professional General.

"Lawsuits are usually not purple teas. they're battles."

Big instances the place discovering their method to the land table then. situations that will switch the complete felony panorama. It was once Edgar's task to argue for the nation of Texas. His rivals the place males of massive studying with bold minds. His weapon: laborious preparation.

A Saga of Texas Land and Oil legislations is Edgar Smith's criminal autobiography, written in 1940. now not many have been published again then, so it truly is not easy to discover. within he lays out the the evidence of the situations he argued and why he gained, whereas proposing the arguments of his rivals in a good light.

"A real tale of Texas legislation, legal professionals, Judges
and well-known Lawsuits"

The instances he covers include:

The Capitol Syndicate case
The purple 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 incorporates a concise historical past of the enterprise, in addition to a superb personality cartoon of pass judgement on Garwood.

He additionally info his involvement in:

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

J. Frank Dobie proposal adequate of Edgar's publication to incorporate it in his consultant to existence and Literature of the Southwest, a kind of grasp studying record if you would like an outstanding grounding within the tradition and background of our region.

Edgar Smith manages a unprecedented feat during this publication: he's transparent minded, reasonable and exciting suddenly. you will discover him to be first rate, 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 gained with no elation;
to have fought for romance of fact that justice could prevail,
without considered final result to self
- what better existence can the realm afford?

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

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