Date of Release: April 2022
Category: Historical Law
Synopsis: Born in the Antebellum South, Benjamin Dudley Tarlton experienced the Civil War as it was fought on the family plantation. Educated at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, "ground zero" for Catholicism, he watched his parents endure years of painful litigation as they unsuccessfully attempted to cling to their estates during Reconstruction. B.D. Tarlton followed his family to Waxahachie, Texas, where he became a Texas legislator and experienced trial and appellate attorney with years of real estate expertise. In 1892, Tarlton became the first Chief Justice of the Second Court of Civil Appeals in Fort Worth, the new railroad hub of Texas. He served one term on the new court before finding himself embroiled in a primary race against District Judge Truman Conner of Eastland, Texas. What motivated Judge Conner to run against incumbent Chief Justice Tarlton? Was it a lack of representation from the outlying counties on the new court? Or was there another reason – one uncovered after years of research? Read this new account that chronicles the life of former Chief Justice B.D. Tarlton as the author attempts to answer these questions more than a century after the events occurred. Written with the permission and cooperation of Tarlton's descendants, readers will be surprised by the many facets of this story ... including the wonder of an astonishing miracle.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Perry Cockerell is a licensed practicing trial and appellate attorney with over forty years of experience in litigation. He is board-certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a member of the Judiciary and Legislative Committee of the Texas Land Title Association, and Co-Chair of the History Section of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. He has written over fifty judicial profiles of Tarrant County trial and appellate justices for the Tarrant County Bar Association.
“I’m so grateful for this fascinating biography of my grandfather - a groundbreaking jurist and a true Texas pioneer. This book is a compelling piece of scholarship, and a bracing read! An important contribution to Texas history!”
Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold is the granddaughter of Judge B.D. Tarlton. She served in the Texas House of Representatives and was nominated for vice-president during the Democratic Convention of 1972.