John H. Sharp, judge, was born April 25, 1874, on a farm near the settlement of Nesbitt, in Robertson County, Texas, the son of Andrew and Mollie (Brown) Sharp. He entered Southwestern University at Georgetown in 1893, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1897. He studied law in the office of an older lawyer in Franklin and was admitted to the bar in 1898. He began the practice of law in Ennis in 1900 where he also became mayor and long-time president of the school board. He married Eula King on June 6, 1906. His reputation as a trial lawyer led to his appointment to the Supreme Court Commission of Appeals by Governor Dan Moody in October 1929. In 1934 he was elected Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas where he remained through three six-year elective terms until 1952 when he retired, having completed 23 years as a member of the Supreme Court. He was a Democrat, a Mason, and a member of the Baptist Church. He died on November 20, 1957, at his home in Austin and is buried in the Supreme Court section of the State Cemetery in Austin. He was survived by his wife and two daughters, Lucille and Helen Sharp, who both married lawyers.
Judge Sharp wrote 512 opinions for the Supreme Court, cited hundreds of times. Southwestern University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree in 1951. His professional and personal accomplishments were extensively reviewed in a Memorial Ceremony in the Supreme Court of Texas on March 29, 1958, and are now recorded on fourteen pages of The Texas Reports of the Supreme Court of Texas.
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