By Edgar Freeman Smith,Michelle M. Haas

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

As Assistant legal professional normal in control of the land table, Edgar Smith came across himself a involved observer and an lively participant in a few crucial circumstances 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. by way of age 11 he needed to paintings in a coal mine to aid his widowed mom. while he used to be eighteen they misplaced their domestic to foreclosures. humans advised him to benefit a exchange 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 used to be again should you may learn for the legislation. After six years of studying, Edgar took the bar examination. He handed. Edgar Freeman Smith used to be a lawyer.

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

"Lawsuits aren't crimson teas. they're battles."

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

A Saga of Texas Land and Oil legislation is Edgar Smith's felony autobiography, written in 1940. no longer many have been published again then, so it really is not easy to discover. inside of he lays out the the proof of the instances he argued and why he received, whereas proposing the arguments of his competitors in a good light.

"A genuine tale of Texas legislation, attorneys, Judges
and well-known Lawsuits"

The instances he covers include:

The Capitol Syndicate case
The pink 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 background of the enterprise, in addition to a very good personality caricature 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 adequate of Edgar's publication to incorporate it in his consultant to existence and Literature of the Southwest, a kind of grasp analyzing record if you'd like a high-quality grounding within the tradition and historical past of our region.

Edgar Smith manages a unprecedented feat during this booklet: he's transparent minded, reasonable and pleasing without warning. you'll find him to be good, 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 out dejection; to have gained with out 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 booklet merits a spot in your shelf and on your heart.

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