(July 29, 1892 – May 1, 1947)
JOHN H. BICKETT JR.
State Bar President, 1945-1946
John H. Bickett, Jr. was born on July 29, 1892, at Cameron, Texas.
He was the son of John H. and Minnie M. Bickett. He received his formal
education at San Antonio. During World War I he enlisted as a private
and ended his military career as a regimental sergeant major. Bickett
resumed his San Antonio practice after the war. He married Lulu W.
Styles in 1924, and in 1925 he was elected president of the San Antonio
Bar Association. From 1924-1934 Bickett was a member of the State Board
of Legal Examiners, and in 1934 he was appointed by Gov. Miriam A.
"Ma" Ferguson to fill an unexpired term on the 4th Court of
Civil Appeals. Judge Bickett was then elected to that bench as chief
justice for a 6-year term but resigned in 1935 to move to Dallas to
become general counsel for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Before his election as President of the State Bar in 1945, Bickett
had served the organization by membership on several committees,
including Uniform State Laws in 1933-1934; Substantive Law Reform in
1933-1935; Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, of which he was
chairman, in 1938-41; and Bill of Rights, again as chairman, in
1940-1941. As president, Bickett wrote in the Bar Journal that
a lawyer's labor is "to maintain the majesty and the dignity of
the law, to substitute the rule of reason for that of force, and to
strive worthily as a minister of justice." Bickett was a director
of the American Judicature Society in 1939 and chairman of the
University of Texas board of regents from 1943-1945. He was also a
member of the board of governors for the law school at St. Mary's
University in San Antonio. Bickett belonged to the American Law
Institute, the Texas Philosophical Society, the Texas State Historical
Association, the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and the Critics Club
of Dallas. Judge Bickett died on May 1, 1947.