Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935

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Robert Lynn Batts (1864-1935) was born on November 1, 1864 in Bastrop, Texas. In 1886, he received an LL.B. from University of Texas and went into private practice from 1886-1891. From 1891-1893, he was an assistant state attorney general of Texas and then a law professor at the University of Texas in Austin from 1893 to 1900. After returning to private practice from 1900-1917, Batts was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to be a federal judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 17, 1917. Batts resigned this position in 1919 and that year became general counsel to Gulf Oil. Robert Lynn Batts died on May 19, 1935.

From the guide to the Batts (Robert Lynn) Papers, 1820-1935, 1949, (Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Robert Lynn Batts was born in Bastrop, Texas, in 1864. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a law degree in 1886. He practiced law in Bastrop, where he lived with his wife and three children, until he joined the Texas attorney general's office in 1892. Batts then taught law at the University of Texas from 1893 to 1901, when he returned to private practice. He served at Texas counsel, special assistant attorney general of the United States (1914), judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1917), and general counsel for the Gulf Petroleum Company (1919-1923). Batts was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas, and acted as chairman for three years. He also authored several legal texts. He died in 1935. Batts Hall at the University of Texas at Austin is named for him.

From the description of Batts, Robert Lynn, papers, 1885-1935. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70277847

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referencedIn Brooks, Victor Lee Papers, 1908-1927 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Thomas Watt Gregory papers, 1896-1933, (bulk 1919-1933) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935. Batts, Robert Lynn, papers, 1885-1935. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Gregory, Thomas Watt, 1861-1933. Thomas Watt Gregory papers, 1896-1933 (bulk 1919-1933). Library of Congress
referencedIn Brooks, Victor Lee. Brooks, Victor Lee Papers, 1908-1927 University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Batts (Robert Lynn) Papers, 1820-1935, 1949 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
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associatedWith Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937 person
associatedWith Brooks, Victor Lee person
associatedWith Brooks, Victor Lee person
associatedWith Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944 person
associatedWith Gregory, Thomas Watt, 1861-1933 person
associatedWith Gulf Oil Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Gulf Oil Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas. Agricultural and Mechanical College, College Station. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas A& M University corporateBody
associatedWith Texas A&M University. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas. Board of Regents corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas. Board of Regents. corporateBody
associatedWith Waters-Pierce Oil Company. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Bastrop (Tex.)
Bastrop (Tex.)
Big Lake Oil Field (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Central West Texas Oil Field (Tex.)
Central West Texas Oil Field (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Texas
Texas
Big Lake Oil Field (Tex.)
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Gas industry
Oil fields
Judges--Texas
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas
Judges
Oil fields--Texas
Gas industry--Texas
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Birth 1864-11-01

Death 1935-05-19

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