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Dedicated to the Honored Memory 


A Qentleman of the 
Old School 

William Pinckney McLean 


Was horn August 9, 1836, in Copiah County, 
Miss. Son of Allen Ferguson and Anne Rose Mc- 
Lean. Moved to Texas in early childhood, reared 
in Harrison County. Attended Marshall University, 
Marshall, Texas. Graduate of University of North 
Carolina School of Law. Elected to Ninth Texas 
Legislature from Victoria County in 1861. Resigned 
his seat in the House to enter Confederate Army as 
a private. Ranked Major at the close of the war be- 
tween the States. Elected to the Twelfth Legisla- 
ture from Titus and Red River counties. Elected 
to the Forty-third Congress in 1872. Named mem- 
ber of State Constitutional Convention, 1875. Later 
elected Judge of the Fifth Judicial District. Named 
member of first Railroad Commission by Governor 
Hogg. Moved to Fort Worth in 1893, and con- 
tinued his long legal career. 

In 1859 married Miss Margaret Batte. Died 
March 13, 1925. Survived by widow and four 
children, Miss Margaret McLean, W. P. McLean, 
Jr. ; Dr. John H. McLean, and Mrs. Bessie Culp. 

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William Pinckney McLean 
1836 - 1925 

His life was gentle and the elements 

So mixed in him that Nature might stand up 

And say to all the world, "This Was a Man/* 

— Shakespeare. 

Judge McLean 
At the Age of 84 

Judge McLean 
At the Age of 88 

Judge McLean 
at the age of 80 

Judge McLean 
At the Age of 76 

Judge McLean 

at the time he was a member of the Railroad Com- 
mission of the State of Texas, his age being 55 years. 

Judge McLean 

At the time he was a member of the Constitutional 

Convention of the State of Texas in 1875, which 

Constitution was recommended to the people and 

ratified, and adopted by them in 1876. 

Judge McLean 
As a member of the Ninth 
Texas Legislature in 1861. 

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McLean to the Constitution of the State of Texas, 
adopted by the people in 1876, he being a member 
of the Constitutional Convention of the State of 
Texas in 1875. 



To Judge Wm. P. McLean 

iEYOND the ken of mortal understanding 
there lies a fair land of promised rewards, of 
wider opportunities, of greater service. 

One of the world's Fine Spirits, Prince of the 
Brotherhood of Nature's Noblemen, wrapped about 
him the mantle of his venerable years, sought his 
couch and lay down to his earned age-long rest. 

Men call his sleeping death, and about his bier 
the multitudes chant a vast requiem of sorrow. I 
say he sleeps — lives — reaps the reward of service, 
greets and grasps new opportunities for greater service 
in that fairer, greener land whence no man returneth. 

He was a man whom men delighted to honor. He 
was a man in whom was embodied manhood's finest 
qualities. "He was a Man — taken all in all, I shall 
not look upon his like again." 

His was a big duty, well done, as befitted a Texas 
Gentleman. As a Soldier he served the Lost Cause 
which shall be forever held sacred in the hearts of 
Southern men. As a statesman he poured out the last 
full measure of devotion to the State. As a jurist he 
was the personification of the trilogy of jurispru- 
dence — Truth, Justice, Mercy. 

The passing years touched his brow and painted 
there a record of their passing. Of the life of Judge 
McLean, Time has recorded a myriad legion of rich 
memories, and of high endeavors; and out of the vast 
storehouse of his character and the good deeds of his 
hand and heart the Master Artisan has wrought a 
fine mosaic of a life well and nobly lived and left as 
a heritage to posterity. 

Upon his grave friends heaped friendships fairest 
tokens, flowers whose fragrance and abundance bore 
testimony of the respect and admiration in which 

Judge McLean was held. The flowers have withered 
now, yet their fragrance lingers and will linger to 
remind us of the kinship of those blossoms and his 
own sweet spirit. 

He was my partner and my friend, and friendship 
was to him a sacred thing, set high about the earthly 
cares of commerce, a noble sentiment inspiring con- 
fidence and trust, and fusing in its own calm steady 
flame respect, affection and a deep regard for his kind 
counsel and his helping hand. 

He was tender, true, considerate, loyal and abso- 
lutely lovable. Modest and unostentatious, he was 
likewise generous to a fault; because of these qualities 
of mind and heart many of the closest friends of 
this great and good man were not aware, as I was, 
of his habit of secretly giving liberally of his means 
to worthy causes and charitable objects. 

He was my friend. No friend of mine but knows 
how much he meant, how much his memory means 
to me. He was my friend — the staunchest, firmest, 
most respected and best loved. I grieve that I shall 
touch his hand no more; that I shall not hear his 
voice again. Yet the deeds of this man live after 
him. He speaks though he be silent. "The dust has 
returned to the earth as it was; and the spirit has 
returned unto the God who gave it." 

Walter B. Scott. 

Page Eight 


No living person will ever possess sufficient ability 
to measure my appreciation of Judge W. P. McLean. 
To his innumerable friends he was a comrade true, 
a companion of interest and a safe counselor; to me, 
he was that, — and more; he was my source of in- 
formation concerning all subjects, when in need; he 
was my salvation in a hard fight, for he was always 
equipped for legal battle; he was my sympathizer 
when I failed; in short' he was "my shelter in the 
time of storm." 

There may have lived a better man, but I never 
knew him; there may have been a more scholarly, 
chivalrous man, but history never revealed him; there 
may have been created a man more in the image of 
our Master, but His disciples never wrote of him, 
he was truly a good man, a knightly gentleman and 
a brilliant lawyer. 

The privilege and pleasure of a partnership with 
him is an heritage which I shall proudly hand down 
to posterity as a treasured heirloom and by reason 
of my very pleasant association with him and the 
principles which he inculcated in my heart and mind 
I have been made a wiser and better man and I shall 
always treasure and hold priceless his memory and 
those principles which distinguished him as a great 
man and lawyer, even though my hope of emulation 
is vain. 

His sojourn on earth has made us a better people. 
Peace be to his ashes. 

Sam R. Sayers. 

Page Nine 


In the death of Judge W. P. McLean a great pure 
soul has been called to its final reward. Revered, 
cherished and loved in this world for his unfailing 
kindness to all, his countless good deeds of hand 
and heart, his never doing an intentional wrong or 
injury to his fellow man, his purity of heart and 
uprightness of conduct, bespeak for his tender, sweet, 
pure spirit a safe and peaceful home in the haven 
prepared for the good. 

He was a fearless soldier; a wise law maker; a 
just judge; a brilliant lawyer, a true philosopher 
and a beloved friend. His pure life and matchless 
intellect challenged the admiration, love and respect 
of all who knew him. His mental integrity unerr- 
ingly led him to correct conclusions and to all his 
law partners he was "the Supreme Court." His ad- 
vice was almost infallible; his knowledge of the law 
superior; his influence for good unlimited. 

He was the greatest lawyer I have ever known 
and his memory will always be sacred to me. No 
one can ever know just how much I loved him and 
depended upon him. 

Mantled with his venerable years and with his 
high honors, obtained both in private and in public 
life, he was called from labor to refreshment. With 
aching hearts and tear-dimmed eyes, we gently laid 
him to sleep in his velvet vault of flowers, deep in 
earth's arms, where he awaits the eternal day when 
partings will be no more. He is gone; but his spirit 
and influence will live forever. 

W. W. Alcorn. 

Page Ten 

Fort Worth, Texas 

March 16th, 1925. 
Hon. Walter B. Scott, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Walter: 

I am just in receipt of the photograph of the floral 
tributes to Judge McLean which you were so 
thoughtful to send me. For this kindness I thank 
you, but T want to add a few words about this great 
and good man who has left us to our labors without 
his counsel, and the touch of whose gentle and re- 
straining hand we will never again feel when impulse 
instead of judgment struggles for control. 

He, in his own determined way, lived only in high 
altitudes; his masterful mind never troubled with 
trifles. His life was so lofty that if the shafts of 
envy and malice were ever aimed at him, they fell 
harmless at his feet. I can not escape thinking of 
the company of Immortals among whom he moved 
here, and who must have awaited his coming "on 
the other shore" — Coke, Maxey, Reagan, Mills, 
Hogg and a host of others who with him tore the 
reins of the State Government from a tyrant's hand 
and delivered them back to the people to whom they 

What a Treasure House is ours in the knowledge 
that we possessed his friendship and enjoyed his trust. 
To me this is beyond price, and his memory is sa- 

Your friend, 

W. A. Hanger. 

Page Eleven 

Walter B. Scott, 

Dear Walter: 

In conversation with you the other day we dis- 
cussed Judge McLean, and his wonderful career. 

It was my pleasure to know Judge William P. 
McLean intimately during a crucial period in the 
honorable history of the Democratic party in Texas. 

I have read with inspiration and enlightenment 
the tributes paid to his memory by friends and asso- 
ciates who knew him during his epochal time and 
note that through all of them runs the golden 
thread of unanimity, in the compliment to his won- 
derful accuracy of judgment and wise counsel, in 
matters that proclaimed him at once a safe coun- 
sellor and adviser to those with whom he was asso- 
ciated in the law, as well as^ in all pertinent things 
that pertained to the welfare of party, state and 

Instinctively, I shrink from eulogium, because it 
has a tendency to detract from that tribute which I 
should like to bestow on my friend, whose life it 
was my privilege to touch to the point of intimate 
contact, and which shall abide with me throughout 
all the years to come. 

I knew him at a time when the services and teach- 
ings of a man skilled in statesmanship and with a 
patriotic regard for the welfare of state, nation and 
party, were essential to the guidance, along the route 
of those capable in the highest degree of pointing 
the way to the best civilization which the founders 
of this government were ambitious to attain. 

From him, I first learned what Adam Smith, 
John Knox and their immortal associates meant 

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when they taught the imperishable doctrine that 
money, stripped of its magic, was a mere com- 
modity, possessing no value beyond redeemability 
in terms of coin, and having the pledge of govern- 
ment squarely behind it, which should make it cir- 
culate at par on a basis with money, recognized as 
such, by every civilized power in the world. 

When Judge McLean was a candidate for con- 
gress, just at the time that green-backism, which 
was predicated on the unsubstantial heresy of fiatism 
and the doctrine that governments could, by their 
ipse dixit, create a circulating medium, I heard for 
the first time the story of the French assignat when 
the nation of France was in desperation over the 
distress of the French people at the close of the 
Napoleonic wars which had left them hopeless 
under the weight of debt and the burdens ensuing 
from an accumulation of cruel blunders, that fol- 
lowed in the wake of that war no less than they are 
following that wonderful nation now, in its efforts 
to escape the horrors of the war just ended, and nad 
the first lasting philosophy of money as it is taught 
by the masters. 

From that day it has abided with me and shall so 
abide henceforth. Then, later on in this man's il- 
lustrious career, when he put the state and nation 
in his everlasting debt by the philosophy of the 
long and short haul as applied to the transporation 
of commodities by common carriers. I again 
acknowledged my debt to this unerring teacher in 
the real crises that come to one and all governments 
sooner or later, and which shall come to them here- 
after in their experiences in dealing with the com- 
plex and great issues that are the heritage of a 
nation from the fathers, and which shall continue 
to be the heritage of them all until the best civiliza- 

Page Thirteen 

tion shall end the experiments that have been con- 
ducted and the best and wisest solutions of all prob- 
lems shall be the accomplishments of the children 
of men. 

Louis J. Wortham. 
Ft. Worth, Texas. 
April 3rd, 1925. 

Page Fourteen 



State of Texas 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

H. C. R. No. 48 By Mr. Rowland 

WHEREAS, Word has been received in Austin of 
the death of the Honorable W. P. McLean, Sr., at 
his home in Fort Worth, and 

WHEREAS, for more than half a century Judge 
McLean has been one of the outstanding citizens of 
Texas, and 

WHEREAS, Most of the history of the State has 
been enriched by the life and character of the deceased, 
he having served as a member of the Constitution 
Committee, which wrote the present Constitution of 
Texas and having later served with conspicuous abil- 
ity as a member of the Railroad Commission of 

of Representatives and the Senate of the Thirty-ninth 
Legislature, that we express our sympathy to the 
family and relatives of the deceased, and 

^ BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief 
Clerk of the House be instructed to send an enrolled 
copy of this resolution to the family of the deceased. 

Speaker of the House. 


Chief Clerk of the House. 

Page Seventeen 



To William Pinckney McLean 
Railroad Commissioner 1891-1894 

Office of the Railroad Commission of Texas 

Austin, Texas, March 13th, 1925. 

At Fort Worth, Texas, today, death closed the 
career of William Pinckney McLean, Confederate 
soldier, lawyer, statesman and jurist. To us his 
death is of extraordinary interest in that it marked 
the passing of one of the three original members 
of the Railroad Commission of Texas. 

Born August 9, 1836, in the State of Mississippi, 
he came to Texas in 1839, with his bereaved mother, 
mourning the recent death of her husband, and there 
was then linked with this infant State a life largely 
dedicated to its service marked with signal honors, 
well deserved, and crowned with the benediction of 
work well done. 

William P. McLean was a member of the Texas 
Legislature in 1861 and in 1869; he was a gallant 
Confederate soldier, serving with distinction through 
the Civil War and retiring a major; he was a mem- 
ber of the Forty-third U. S. Congress; was one of 
the Constitutional Convention of 1875; a judge of 
the Fifth Judicial District of Texas; and in 1891 was 
appointed a member of the newly created Railroad 
Commission of Texas by Governor James S. Hogg 
to serve with John H. Reagan and L. L. Foster. 

To the Railroad Commission of Texas he brought 
the mastery of his genius, his loyal fidelity, his un- 
common qualifications as a lawyer and jurist and 

Page Eighteen 

the ripe experience of his eminent public career. Here 
he served with marked zeal during the early and try- 
ing days of this Commission's life when its existence 
was on trial and his retirement from this post was 
his retirement from public life. Though retired to 
private practice of his profession he always retained 
a keen interest in civic and State affairs. 

The inspiration of all great service is unselfishness 
and the glory of service is sacrifice. No man with 
the forceful genius which he possessed could have 
given over to his State so much of his life without 
surrender of self. This grand old Tribune, protect- 
ing the life and liberties of his people, brought to 
public service that reverent devotion to duty and out- 
standing talent which planted influences, living today 
and to live tomorrow — inspirations to those who 
strive to serve. His voice, though still, will yet 
speak; his influence, though bereft of living contact, 
will yet live. 

In utmost respect and with profound sorrow we 
record here today the passing of this masterful, 
though gentle man and eminent public servant; and 
to the stricken family we extend our deepest sym- 
pathy. And as his memory becomes a benediction 
let us say to him; 

"Silence lulls thee in sweet excess 
Of sleep. Sleep thou content!** 

Clarence E. Gilmore, 


C V. Terrell, 
Lon A. Smith, 


Page Nineteen 


Fort Worth, Texas. 


Judge W. P. McLean, Sr. 

Proceedings of the Memorial Service held in the 
District Court room of the District Court, 
Forty-eighth Judicial District, Tarrant County, 
Texas, on the twenty-third day of March, 
1925, in memory of Hon. W. P. McLean, Sr., 
of the Fort Worth Bar. 

The President: (Mr. W. E. Allen). The Bar 
Association will now come to order. I feel that 
the Fort Worth Bar has lost its most distinguished 
and its most revered member, Judge McLean, and we 
meet this morning to honor his memory in a memo- 
rial service. We have had a number of memorial 
services for distinguished members of our bar in 
recent months, and the thought comes to me this 
morning that Judge McLean was never too busy to 
attend those meetings. You will recall that not more 
than a month ago he spoke at the memorial service 
held for Mr. George Thompson. I cherish the rec- 
ollection of his presiding at the memorial service 
held for Mr. Flournoy. As he stood before us in 
that meeting and as he pointed out the high ideals 
of the profession that he had followed so many 
years — that he loved — I felt that from that address 
of Judge McLean that we would get more inspira- 
tion, that we would learn more about the ethics of 
our profession and the high ideals of our profession 
than we could get by a year's course in any univer- 
sity. It is therefore fit and proper that we come to- 
gether this morning, and lay aside our business for a 
brief space and pay our respects to Judge McLean. 
Judge McLean practiced law in Texas for a long 

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time. He had practiced many, many years at the Fort 
Worth Bar. I feel that there is no more fit a per- 
son to preside over this meeting this morning than the 
Chief Justice of our Court of Civil Appeals, and I 
am going to ask that Judge Conner now take charge 
of this meeting, and if Mr. Penry, Mr. McGinness, 
and Mr. Johns will escort Judge Conner to the chair, 
I will turn the meeting over to him. 

(Whereupon Judge Conner, Chief Justice of the 
Court of Civil Appeals at Fort Worth, took the 

JUDGE Conner: Gentlemen of the Bar: It may 
seem strange, but I do not think ever in my life have 
I been called on to preside over a meeting, a public 
meeting particularly, of such a stately body as I see 
before me, and this morning I feel that I am com- 
pelled to be a factor, even though it may be slight 
and insignificant, in rendering what homage we can 
to the memory of our distinguished deceased member. 
I feel sad about it, because of the fact that in the 
course of events we also have in our city the dead 
body of a Senator that I knew when I was a young 
man. I was present in the convention when he was 
first nominated as Attorney General of the State of 
Texas, at Galveston, I believe it was, and I have 
known and studied his course ever since. As I say, I 
feel sad, but I am glad at the same time to be able 
as I am to appear before you to participate in the ex- 
ercises in memory of our deceased brother, Judge 
McLean. Now, I believe the Program Committee 
has a program here, and I believe in the disposal of 
the program the first thing will be the presentation 
of the resolutions committee, and that is now in 
order. The chairman of that committee will now 
present that report, and we will be glad to receive it. 

MR. BARWISE: Mr. Chairman. 

Mr. Conner: Mr. Barwise. 

Mr. Barwise: The Committee on Resolutions 

Page Twenty-one 

has prepared, and we submit the following set of 

William Pinckney McLean, Sr., was born in 
Copiah County, Mississippi, on August 9, 1836, the 
year of Texas' Independence, and his long and event- 
ful life was in keeping with the spirit of those great 
men who achieved the triumphs of that historic year. 

When five years of age his mother, widowed by 
the early demise of his father, removed with him and 
a brother two years younger, to Harrison County, 
Texas, in the schools of which county, and its coun- 
ty seat, Marshall, he received his early educational 
training, and the inspiration for the ambition which 
characterized his whole life. 

As he approached young manhood he determined 
upon procuring a college education, and to that end 
for four years attended the school at Chappel Hill, 
North Carolina, which at that time, was the seat 
of one of the most widely known and highly reputed 
institutions of learning in the South. Graduating 
from that institution in the year 1857, he returned 
to the State of Texas, began the study of law and 
was admitted to the bar and began the practice of his 
chosen profession at Victoria, then one of the most 
thriving, growing towns in the southern part of the 

From this county he was elected before the Civil 
War to the State Legislature where he early distin- 
guished himself by his brilliancy in debate and the 
soundness and sagacity of his counsel. 

From Victoria he entered the Confederate Army in 
1861 as a private soldier, and gave the four years 
which followed in gallant service to a cause which 
was destined to be lost, but which was fought by 
him and his heroic comrades in defense of a principle 
in which they were ready to die, and which, although 
determined against them in the arbitrament of arms, 
yet still lives in the unvanquished hearts of Southern 

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When the Civil War was ended he had reached the 
rank of Major, impoverished, as were all of the sol- 
diers of that conflict, the years of toil which he had 
spent before its beginning were practically lost and 
he had to begin life anew. 

He located immediately after the end of the Civil 
War, at Mount Pleasant, and began again the prac- 
tice of law and the great career, the steady progress 
of which was uninterrupted from then until the day 
of his death. As a lawyer he became immediately 
successful both as an advocate and as a counselor. 

In the early seventies, unsought, indeed against 
his wishes, a nomination for Congress was tendered 
him and he was elected, serving but a single term, 
voluntarily retiring at its end for he cared nothing 
for political preferment. As a member of the Forty- 
third Congress he was the associate of Benjamin H. 
Hill of Georgia, L. Q. C. Lamar of Mississippi, Roger 
Q. Mills of Texas, Stephen B. Elkins, then a delegate 
from the territory of New Mexico, and afterward 
United States Senator from West Virginia, George 
F. Hoar, then a member of the Lower House of Con- 
gress and afterward for many years a United States 
Senator from Massachusetts; James A. Garfield, then 
a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio, 
and afterward President; James G. Blaine of Maine, 
then Speaker; Samuel G. Randall of Pennsylvania, 
John G. Carlisle of Kentucky, Isham G. Harris of 
Tennessee, and a host of others equally prominent, 
in truth no greater in intellect or learning or purer 
in heart than Judge McLean himself, all of whom 
made their names immortal in the history of our 

In 1876 he was elected as a member of the Con- 
stitutional Convention and his influence was most 
potent in the framing of the Constitution finally 
submitted by that body to the people and by them 
adopted, an instrument which was so wisely framed 
and so constructively planned that despite repeated 

Page Twenty-three 

efforts since to call another convention, all such ef- 
forts have failed, and is yet the instrument whose 
principles are closest to the hearts of the people of 

In that convention he served with W. L. Craw- 
ford, then of Marion County, later of Dallas, and 
one of the great trial lawyers of the South; John L. 
Henry, then of Smith County, and afterward a mem- 
ber of the Supreme Court; L. S. Ross of McLennan 
County, later Governor; C. B. Kilgore of Gregg 
County, afterward and for many years a member of 
Congress from Texas; J. W. Ferris of Ellis County, 
W. P. Ballinger of Galveston County, L. W. Moore 
of Fayette County, afterward for many years a mem- 
ber of Congress from Texas and later and until his 
death an honored District Judge of his district; 
Thomas L. Nugent of Erath County, John H. Rea- 
gan of Anderson County, before and afterward a 
member of Congress, United States Senator and 
Chairman of first Railroad Commission of the State. 

He served as District Judge at the earnest solicita- 
tion of the Bar of his district when the service in- 
volved a large pecuniary sacrifice. He was tendered 
by Governor Hogg membership on the first Railroad 
Commission; he accepted and helped to organize and 
put into effect that great and efficient branch of our 
State Government; serving on that body with John 
H. Reagan and L. L. Foster they became the pioneer 
Public Utility Commission, thus pointing the way 
for the establishment in all the States of the Union 
of similar commissions; he retired from that place 
voluntarily in 1893 when he removed to Fort Worth 
to add fresh laurels to a career already grown rich in 
achievement and adorned by countless successes. 

In the more than thirty years that he has been 
associated with the members of the Fort Worth Bar, 
there can be found none who does not pay genuine 
tribute to the uprightness of his character, the sin- 
cerity of his purpose and the integrity of his conduct. 

Page Twenty-four 

In addition to this, his conduct was characterized by 
a uniform kindness to all with whom he came in 
contact and especially was this true of the younger 
members of his profession to whom he at all times 
gave aid and encouragement. 

Judge McLean was a patriot. The faculties of his 
mind and the energies of his body alike were con- 
secrated to the service of his country. Before its 
good he had no thought, beyond its future he had 
no national view. Judge McLean was a leader of 
men; his calm insight, his lofty vision, the logic of 
his mind, stored with the treasures gathered in a 
busy but thoughtful life, compelled others to follow 
where he led. He believed in the brotherhood of man 
and he always practiced that which he preached. He 
trod a highway of hope and not of despair, and he 
kept the company of his own self respect. 

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the members of the 
Fort Worth Bar that in the death of Judge W. P. 
McLean they (and the Bar of Texas) have lost 
one of their ablest and most distinguished members, 
and that in the days to come we shall miss his wise 
counsel, his calm and serene judgment and the in- 
fluence of his noble life and lofty example. 

Be It Further Resolved that we tender to his family 
our sympathy in the affliction which they have sus- 

And Be It Further Resolved that a copy of these 
Resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Dis- 
trict Court of Tarrant County, of the Court of Civil 
Appeals for the Second Supreme Judicial District, 
the Supreme Court of Texas and the United States 
District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 
and another copy be sent to the members of his 

J. H. Barwise, Jr. B. B. Stone. 

W. A. Hanger. Jesse M. Brown. 

T. H. Conner. Max K. Mayer. 

Robert McCart. Geo. Thompson, Jr. 

W. H. Slay. Bruce Young. 

Mr. Barwise: Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of 
the Bar: I am sure that the resolutions which the 
committee has adopted reflect no doubt the unani- 
mous sentiment of every man who knew Judge 
McLean. It is obviously impossible within the 
limits of propriety which necessarily obtain in the 
preparation of such instruments that they can not 
enter into the details of all of that which is interest- 
ing or that reflects credit on the subject of such reso- 
lutions. The committee has intended to be his- 
torically accurate, but only has mentioned Judge 
McLean's remarkable career in its high points. If it 
ever is true that all expressions of such resolutions 
do not represent entire sincerity, certainly that is not 
the instance here. Perhaps no lawyer among us, per- 
haps no character in Texas, occupied a position more 
attractive, more inportant or had been concerned in 
more matters of interest in Texas history than Judge 
McLean. His position in Texas was unique. Of the 
many important positions of trust he held, there was 
never a whisper or a suggestion that he had not ful- 
filled even to the highest measure of the most exact- 
ing every requirement, and he did it in a way that 
reflected credit on Texas history and constitutes a 
worthy example for every officer of Texas today. As 
to his personal traits, there was no man in the legal 
profession or out of it about whom more attractive 
things could be said. One who tried his cases on 
the same side with Judge McLean, or on the other 
side, could not detect any difference in his kindly, 
courteous and gentlemanly treatment, whether the 
lawyer associated with him was on the same side or 
on the other side of the litigation. At the direction, 
therefore, Mr. Chairman, of the Resolutions Com- 
mittee, I move the adoption of the resolutions which 
have been read. 

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JUDGE CONNER: Gentlemen of the Bar. A mo- 
tion is before you, but before I put that motion by 
the Program Committee, I think that it would be 
proper to receive expressions from various represen- 
tatives of our profession, and the first one on the 
program is Judge James C. Wilson. We will now 
hear remarks from Judge Wilson, as a representative 
of our Federal Court, and if Judge Wilson is present, 
we will be glad to hear from him. 





Gentlemen of the Bar Association: These me- 
morial meetings are becoming painfully, if not also 
alarmingly frequent, but with it all, personally I 
experience a sense of pleasure in being here to join 
you in giving just a few words of general tribute to 
our beloved friend and brother, Judge McLean. 

I wish to congratulate the resolutions committee 
on its work — upon the beautiful tribute, and so 
just in it all, to this man. In other words, they have 
stayed within the record — with the truth, — where 
facts were involved. And in all of the beautiful con- 
clusions presented by them and expressed by them, I 
did not find myself dissenting, and I am sure no 
other person in the sound of the reader's voice found 
himself dissenting in the least from all of those 
wonderful expressions about him. He was every- 
thing and more than they claim. In fact, while 
Judge Barwise was reading that resolution and while 

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I could not quote it exactly — this thought came to 
me: The cardinal thought of that classic speech 
made by Lincoln at Gettysburg; that keynote being 
that we are not here to honor these men, but we are 
rather honored by being here, and I feel that is true 
as applied to all of us, but more particularly as to 
those called upon to give any expressions here today 
in an effort to do honor to him. To pay just tribute 
to this man is out of the question, and I feel that we 
are rather honored by being selected to attempt to 
do so. 

Judge McLean's life was a real contribution to 
humanity, and was a real inspiration, I know, to 
every man who has had the very great privilege even 
of acquaintance, to say nothing of intimate friend- 
ship with him. He was in personality as lovable as 
a woman and yet at the same time possessed of oak- 
like qualities of character, and even at the end showed 
very little signs of the many storms through which 
he passed during his eighty-nine years of life. He 
was the most lovable man from many standpoints I 
ever knew; certainly he was the most remarkable old 
man. There were outstanding features about him 
that possibly none of us have seen. I know I have 
seen none like him, and I refer particularly to this, 
that although he was eighty-nine years of age there 
were no mental signs of that age. He was a youth 
mentally. There were not many old age signs on 
him even physically, but none mentally. There were 
none of the symptoms of old age. He was not 
childish; he was the cherished companion of young 
people. He had not lived to reach, with his eighty- 
nine years, second childhood. He knew but one 
childhood, the first. When he appeared before the 
judges which continued to the last there was no 
faltering of mind like there is ordinarily, or faltering 
of step. 

In his manner of proceeding, his general court be- 
havior, in his logic, his reasoning and presentation, 

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and lastly in his judgments he was the living per- 
sonification of Justice. That quality being so well- 
known joined with the very great affection the courts 
held for him, placed him in a position of uncon- 
sciously exercising an almost undue influence upon 
the courts. He was a type, a spark from another age 
and since he has passed we shall see no more. 

Judge Barwise in the resolutions mentioned the 
elements of patience, fairness, justice, kindness and 
courtesy that entered into his make-up. He possess- 
ed to a marked degree all of those endearing qualities 
of character. Did you ever hear of any person ever 
uttering about him a disrespectful thing — anything 
other than praise, other than compliment? It was 
impossible; at least, it was impossible for any man 
who had known him during the years that we have 
— for the last twenty-five or thirty. 

He was a great lawyer with it all. Ordinarly we 
might think that to his firm there was not any great 
loss in his passing — a firm composed of a body of 
young, strong, active, vigorous men in the practice 
of law. I happened to mention to one of them, in 
extending to him some of my expressions of sympa- 
thy, about their great loss. He said to me, "Judge, 
you have no idea, and no one can form any idea of 
just the loss our firm has sustained." He said, "When 
a matter came up, impulsive, as we are, one of the firm 
would go one way and one another, and pull against 
each other, and divided — a house against itself — but 
Judge McLean would listen to it all and would say, 
'Now, boys, handle that matter this way,' and the 
whole scene was changed, and everything was ironed 
out, and we proceeded with a united front." He 
said, "You can not begin to appreciate the loss that 
our firm has sustained when you realize that we 
have lost that very important element of our firm." 

It was a joy indeed to have known Judge McLean, 
and to have loved him. It was a compliment to any 
man younger than he to have found himself in accord 

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with his political views on political questions; at 
least I have so thought. Whenever I had any doubt, 
since I have known him, as to the right or wrong of 
any political question, I considered him as a foun- 
tain-head of information and sound judgment. 

Others will speak, gentlemen, more of his life. 
Of course one could speak indefinitely with reference 
to Judge McLean if he had known him as I. You 
can see that from the history given in these resolu- 
tions, but as to this man, as I said in the beginning, 
I only expected to pay a few tributes in a general 

I shall never forget the scene down there at the 
little Episcopal church where the brief funeral ser- 
vices were had, and while I am touching upon that, 
as I sat there during those impressive services, this 
thought came to me. What about him now? While 
I have made no inquiries calculated to give me accurate 
information as to whether or not he had any church 
affiliations, I did inquire of one of our judges here 
this morning, and he told me that he thought he had 
none — that he was a Christian believer, but at the 
time of his death, he was not a member of any 
church. I thought, "Well, whether he did or not, 
a man who has lived the life that he has, who has 
been to humanity what he has been, who has accom- 
plished the good he has accomplished, who has left as 
little harm behind him as he has left, there need be 
no concern as to his welfare in that great Beyond." 
Wherever men of his type are gathered together 
from this world, any good man might well be am- 
bitious to be there and to join him. 

As I looked at those flowers down there at that 
little church, the mounds and almost mountains of 
flowers, I thought how just it all is, and as he lay 
there peacefully sleeping under that canopy of flowers, 
I thought, "Well, if I have ever known a man who 
deserved to rest at last in peace literally smothered 
with the tributes of the people, it is he," and I hearti- 

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ly join in the sentiments expressed by our President, 
when he said in the beginning, that we have lost 
our foremost, our most distinguished and our most 
beloved lawyer. 

Judge Conner: We will now hear from Mr. 
Lassiter in behalf of the older members of the bar. 

Mr. N. H. Lassiter: Mr. Chairman. 
Judge Conner: Mr. Lassiter. 


Gentlemen of the Bar: This occasion emphasizes 
to some extent the habit of neglect that each of us 
should plead guilty to, of waiting until after a 
man is dead before we get into that frame of mind 
to speak kindly to him or to his friend of what 
our estimate of him is. Now, it is one of the supreme 
gratifications that I feel personally that I did not 
wait until this time to tell Judge McLean what I 
thought of him and how I felt towards him, and I 
am glad that he was just as candid with me in turn. 
It was my good fortune to meet him — I did not 
know him prior to that time — on the occasion when 
he was going from his home in Mt. Pleasant to Aus- 
tin to accept the appointment tendered him on the 
Railroad Commission, by Governor Hogg. I had 
never met him before, and in the short ride on the 
train that day, coming into Fort Worth from a point 
east of here, I became acquainted with him, and soon 
realized after his reserve and diffidence wore off a little 
bit, because he was a very modest man, that he, in 
my opinion, was the salt of the earth, that he was 
of that character that settled this country, that came 
over on the Mayflower, that fought the Revolution 
of Independence, that organized society and organiz- 
ed government in this country, and I warmed up to 
him like a son to a father. It was my pleasure to 

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hold that sort of relationship with him from then 
until the end. 

Without speaking about him as a lawyer or as a 
statesman or a congressman or as a member of the 
Constitutional Convention, about that you all know 
and you have all heard, I want to talk about him as 
a man. In my opinion, I have never known a man 
who had so nicely balanced his sense of duty to him- 
self, to his family and to organized society. I never 
knew a man who could so completely lay aside his 
selfish interests, when the interests of the community 
were involved, and there never was a time when he 
felt or knew that the interest of the community or 
the interest of society was involved that he was not 
ready, willing, in spite of time and age or any other 
environment to come out and take his stand in the 
interest of the public and in the interest of society. 
I have never known a man who had more kindly 
sympathy or a more complete understanding of all 
the relationships that man should sustain in society. 
I have never known a man who could practice law 
as long as he and yet never have it said about him, 
and I don't believe you have heard — I haven't — that 
he was ever unkind or took unfair advantage, used 
an improper influence, or permitted anything to be 
done except to seek absolute justice. 

It has not been long ago since I had a conversation 
with him. My regret is that I did not have more, 
that I did not forego the commercial spirit that we all 
have developed to a great extent and spend more of 
my time with individual lawyers at the Fort Worth 
Bar like he was and get the benefit of that associa- 
tion and that fellowship. I had a conversation with 
him only a short time ago and he asked me to come 
up and see him and visit him, and I told him I would 
and I intended to do it, and it is now one of my 
serious regrets that I didn't. I have often promised 
myself, and probably you have too, that you were 
going to devote a little bit less time to the corn- 
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mercial side of your profession and a little more to 
the social side. Take a lesson from this occasion and 
resolve to do it. 

In my long association now and then over a period 
of riore than thirty years with Judge McLean, I 
felt all the time from the beginning to the end and 
feel now that his life was to me and to the com- 
munity and to every individual that he came in con- 
tact with both an inspiration and benediction. 

JUDGE CONNER: We will now hear from Mr. 
Frank Culver, representing the young members of 
the Bar. 

Mr. Culver: Mr. Chairman. 
Judge Conner: Mr. Culver. 


Mr. Chairman and members of the Bar Associa- 
tion: I do not feel that I can add very much to 
what has been said of the life and character of Judge 
McLean, or adequately express on behalf of the 
younger members of the Fort Worth Bar the value 
of his life, the influence exerted and impression made 
upon their lives by his career. I just want to speak 
one word as to what I think his influence has meant 
to the younger men of the profession. 

Every finite thing that the mind can grasp or can 
conceive of has its limitations and is hedged about by 
those limitations. We can't conceive of anything 
that hasn't an end, and yet the influence and the life 
of a great and good man like Judge McLean cer- 
tainly has no end. His life has left an indelible im- 
pression on every young member of this bar and his 
life has been an inspiration to them. I believe that 
every member of the bar of this county is a better 
lawyer, a better man, has a greater love for the things 
sacred to his profession by reason of the life of Judge 

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McLean. I think that we are fortunate in having 
practiced our profession here where we could come 
in contact with his influence. 

It never was my fortune to become closely asso- 
ciated with Judge McLean, and yet I know that 
unconsciously, and I was reminded of it by what 
Judge Wilson said a moment ago, of how uncon- 
sciously I relied in making decisions, particularly on 
questions affecting morals and politics, how I was 
affected and influenced by the stand that Judge Mc- 
Lean took; and I remember not so very long ago, 
when one important political question presented it- 
self to my mind, my decision wasn't made until I 
found how Judge McLean stood on that particular 

His influence hasn't ended with his death; no 
human mind can foretell, can comprehend, or con- 
ceive how far that influence will reach, the great 
good that it will do; and, whatever Judge McLean 
has left in a material way, whatever influence he 
might have had on the legislation of our State or 
on the decisions which the courts have rendered, 
however great that may be, I think that the greatest 
heritage he has left, and the reason that Judge 
McLean will be remembered the longest, is by reason 
and on account of the great influence and the great 
shining example he has set and held out to the 
young men and to the members of the bar of this 
county and of this State. 

JUDGE CONNER; Gentlemen, that completes the 
program as laid down by the committee, except there 
will be an open time now to any individual member 
of the bar who feels like he wishes to express his 
sentiments and a discussion of the resolutions. You 
will now have an opportunity if you desire to do so 
to say what you wish. 

Judge Hal Lattimore; Mr. Chairman. 
Judge Conner; Judge Lattimore. 

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I want to take this opportunity to add my own 
feeling of appreciation for Judge McLean. There was 
such a wonderful spirit of fairness about Judge Mc- 
Lean that he attracted to him every person whose 
mind was in doubt as to the propriety of any act 
which he was about to do. I remember on one 
occasion in this courtroom I participated in a case 
in which Judge McLean participated, and may I 
digress to pay a tribute to the active mind of 
Judge McLean, who was at that time an old man 
in years. He prepared a pleading in that case, pages 
and pages long, in a very intricate matter, one 
which took nearly two weeks to try in this court- 
room and that original petition was never amended 
and never changed and went through the entire 
fire of that case to the end of it. He occasionally 
visited me since I have been in the courthouse. I 
think Judge McLean was interested in me and 
was anxious to see that I in my humble way dis- 
charged the duties of my office, and he used to 
come to my office and advise with me about mat- 
ters that pertained to and concerned him not at 
all, but which concerned me. The wonderful in- 
fluence of sanity and fairness that he carried with 
him as he sat in my office appealed to me, and when 
he walked into my office somehow I had a feeling 
that I was to receive a message almost divine in its 
accuracy, in its decency and in its fairness. Somehow, 
when I found myself troubled about some decision 
that I had put up to me, some difficult matter of 
right and wrong, I found my footsteps would turn 
almost involuntarily to his offiice across the street. 
I used to walk in there to where he sat in his chair — 

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he always sat by the window, — and as I sat down 
and talked with him as one would sit at the feet of 
a great teacher, I received from him words of wisdom 
which helped me and the influence of which I shall 
never forget. He was the fairest man I think I ever 
knew. On my request he has advised me about cases 
in which his firm was interested, and advised me 
against the contentions of the clients of his own firm 
when he thought some position they took unsound 
or untenable. I merely want to, in this brief way, 
aside from my personal love for him, pay that tribute 
to him for whatever it may be worth to those who 
have yet paths to trod here that we may learn some- 
thing of the wonderful influence of his fair and just 
spirit of mind. 

Judge Conner: Are there any other gentlemen 
who wish to express his views? 

Judge R. E. Taylor: Mr. Chairman. 

Judge Conner: Mr. Taylor. 




For a short time only I was a member of the 
Tarrant County Bar, and when I left here, of 
course, my membership ceased, and as I heard 
the resolutions read this morning I could not help 
but think about the selfishness of great men. That 
committee was composed of the very best lawyers 
and the very best men, but I could see creeping 
out just that little streak of selfishness that fol- 
lows in the trail of all men. That was where 
they said the Tarrant County Bar had suffered a loss 
in the death of this great man. If I had been a 
member of that committee, I think I would have 
looked into the face of my friend Hanger or my 
friend Barwise, and said, "Gentlemen, it seems to 
me that the State of Texas has suffered a great loss." 

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Judge Conner: I think the resolutions so 
state, Mr. Taylor. 

Judge Taylor: I knew they expressly stated 
the Fort Worth Bar and I did not catch the language 
that spoke of his greatness over Texas, but I just 
want to pay this tribute of respect to that wonderful 
man, and that is that not only the Tarrant County 
and Fort Worth Bar suffered a loss in the going of 
this great character, but the State of Texas likewise, 
and in fact, the country as a whole suffered a loss. 
No better man ever lived, in my judgment, no greater 
lawyer ever lived, and in my judgment no greater 
influence was ever thrown out from the life of any 
man than from the life of this wonderful character, 
Judge McLean. I just want to say that as a visit- 
ing member this morning. I feel that that is true 
and I feel that the resolutions express in the most 
perfect way the life and the character of that great 
man, and if they did not include, and I didn't un- 
derstand that they did, the fact that the lawyers over 
Texas suffered a great loss in his passing, I would 
feel like it would at least sound more sweetly to the 
lawyers who do not live in Fort Worth had it ex- 
pressed that conclusion, because that is true. 

Judge Conner: We are glad to hear from Mr. 
Taylor, on behalf of the visiting brothers. Gentle- 
men, are there any others who wish to have a word 
to say? 

Others who spoke briefly touching the life of 
Judge McLean were Mr. W. H. Slay, Mr. Robert 
McCart, A. J. Fires of Childress, Ben M. Terrell 
Bruce Young. 

Judge Conner: Gentlemen, the time has come 
for us to submit the motion. Those who are in 
favor of the adoption of the resolutions let it be 
known by rising. 

(Whereupon all members of the Bar Association 
"rose) . 

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United Confederate Veterans 

Fort Worth, Texas, March 15 th, 1925, 

To the Commander and Comrades of R. E. Lee 
Camp 158, U. C V.: 

Your Committee heretofore appointed to draft resolutions 
regarding the death of our deceased comrade, Major W. P. 
McLean, beg leave to report, that, 

Whereas, the "grim reaper" has again invaded our "thin gray 
ranks" and called away a gallant and faithful comrade, who fol- 
lowing the example of our noble leader, Robert E. Lee, made 
"Duty" his watchword, and whether in peace or war, unhesitat- 
ingly answered his Country's call, and in both obtained 

Comrade McLean enlisted as a private in the Confederate 
Army soon after Texas had seceded. He rose to the rank of 
Major. When the war had closed he accepted the verdict in good 
faith and at once united with his comrades in rehabilitating his 
devastated Southland. He exhibited the same devotion to duty 
in peace as he did in war. Returning to his chosen profession, 
he soon rose to eminence at the bar and on the bench. At the 
call of his countrymen he entered the arena of politics and served 
his people well in the counsels of the state and the nation. He 
died in his eighty-ninth year; therefore, be it 

Resolved, that in the death of Comrade McLean, we have lost 
a wise counsellor, a true son of the South, and a beloved com- 

Resolved, that we extend to his bereaved wife and children 
our sincere sympathy and condolence; 

Resolved, that this report be spread upon our minutes and a 
copy be sent to the wife and children of our deceased comrade. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. T. Field, 
W. M. Barr, 
K. M. Van Zandt, 

Unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the camp. 

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United Confederate Veterans 

Clarksville, Texas, March 21, 1925. 

Whereas, our comrade, William P. McLean, late of Fort 
Worth, answered the last roll call on the 13th of March, 1925, 
and has joined the great majority of Confederate Veterans who 
have gone before and are awaiting us on the other side; and, 

Whereas, we are not unmindful of the facts that words are 
vain things for those who have departed; what we have to say 
here concerning the life, character and achievements of our de- 
parted comrade are offered as an example for the youths of our 
land. In it they, indeed, will find many bright examples to 
follow; and, 

Whereas, Judge McLean spent the most of his long life in 
Texas. He was born in the State of Mississippi in 1836. He 
was graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1857. 
He became a citizen of Texas while it was a Republic. He re- 
signed as a member of the legislature of Texas to enter the 
Confederate army in 1861. He enlisted as a private and 
emerged therefrom a major. He served many years as a district 
judge of our neighboring counties. He was several times elected 
to the House of the Texas Legislature. In 1891 Governor 
Hogg appointed him a member of the first Railroad Commis- 
sion of Texas, and he distinguished himself in this office. The 
people of Texas imposed great confidence in the late Judge 
McLean and he never abused that confidence. He was always 
true to their trust. He left an indelible impression for good 
upon his state and upon his times that will live as long as this 
civilization shall last. 

Therefore, be it resolved by John C. Burks' Camp, United 
Confederate Veterans of Clarksville, Texas, that we commend 
the life of our late comrade as an entablature from which the 
youths of this nation may learn lessons of patriotism, efficiency 
and fidelity to the trust that the future will impose into their 

Be It Further Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes of this camp and a copy for the news- 
papers. Adopted unanimously. 

Done at Clarksville, Texas, this March 21, A. D. 1925. 

J. K. P. JAMISON, Commander. 
Attest: T. S. GAINES, Adjutant. 

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Fort Worth, Texas, April 27, 1925. 

The Fort Worth Federation of Women's Clubs places on 
record its deep sense of the loss sustained by Fort Worth and 
Texas in the death of Judge William Pinckney McLean, states- 
man, soldier, jurist and citizen. He came to Texas in its 
early day and did much to mould the future of the great State 
of which he was so justly proud and which he served with 
unflinching .devotion, in the Legislature, in the Army of the 
Confederate States of America, where he rose to the rank of 
Adjutant General, as District Judge, in Congress, as a member 
of the Constitutional Convention and of the first Railroad 
Commission. He had the unique experience of having resigned 
from or refused re-election to every office he held. 

Coming to Fort Worth when past middle life, after a distin- 
guished career of service to his State, he immediately identified 
himself with the community, always ready to serve in every 
way for its upbuilding. His high integrity and lofty ideal of 
citizenship has been an inspiration to the people of Fort Worth. 

To his family we express our sincere sympathy in their great 
sorrow. His distinguished and varied achievements, his courage 
maintained during a long life, his reputation, and broad human 
sympathies are a heritage beyond estimation. 

Mrs. Charles E. Nash, 
Mrs. M. P. Bewley, 
Mrs. C. W. Connerley, 
Mrs. Charles Schober, 


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of Qondolence 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
I feel a great personal loss in the death of your father and in 
addition to the telegram sent by the commission, I wish to per- 
sonally express to you and all members of the family, my sincere 
sympathy. I feel it a great honor to hold that position on the 
commission formerly held by your distinguished father. If 
possible for me to leave Austin tonight, I shall attend his funeral 
tomorrow. Commissioner Smith will attend in any event. 

Clarence E. Gilmore. 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Regret more than I can tell you, that important matters 
pending here, make it impossible for me to be away tomorrow. 
From your father's life's work and my acquaintance I had 
formed a very strong attachment for him. 

Clarence, E. Gilmore. 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
The Governor joins me in deepest sympathy to you in your 

James E. Ferguson. 

Washington, D. C, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Have just received sad news of the passing away of your 
father and I hasten to express to you my deepest sympathy in 
your hour of sorrow and bereavement. A noble life has ended 
and the pure soul of a great man has gone to its final reward. 
Texas has sustained an irreparable loss in the passing on of 
your father, because men of his character and mold are the ex- 
ception rather than the rule. God bless you and yours as you 
pass through the Valley of the Shadow. 

EARLE B. Mayfield. 

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Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Your telegram announcing the death of your distinguished 
father brings great sorrow to all of the members and employees 
of the Railroad Commission of Texas. His was a long and 
eventful life, filled with useful and patriotic service to his 
country. As a member of the first Railroad Commission of 
Texas he laid deep and well the foundation for a regulatory 
system of our common carriers and his service with that of his 
distinguished associates has always been a beacon light to aid 
those who have followed them in the discharge of their duties. 
To you and all of the members of his family we express our 
deepest sympathy in your grief at the parting from one so 
loved and honored. 

Railroad Commission of Texas, 
Clarence E. Gilmore, C. V. Terrell, Lon A. Smith. 

Dallas, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Attorney at Law, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
My Dear Walter: 

I am very grateful to you for your thoughtfulness in apprising 
me of Judge McLean's death. One finds himself hunting in 
his mentality for words to express his feelings when a man of 
Judge McLean's sterling worth passes from this to the other 
world. His contribution to constructive legislation is an ex- 
ample and learning for the enrichment of the bar and his con- 
stant watchfulness for righteousness of action and thought were 
and are of inestimable worth to Texas. Please extend my sym- 
pathy and a touch of the hand to each of his sorrowing relatives. 

William H. Atwell. 

Washington, D. C, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Received your telegrams. Am profoundly grieved to hear of 
your father's death. It is to me a deep and keen personal loss. 
He was one of the ablest lawyers and greatest thinkers our 
country has ever had. He was always my warm personal friend 
and supporter. I join you in mourning his departure. 

Morris Sheppard. 

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Washington, D. C, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Am deeply grieved to learn of death of our good friend, Judge 
McLean. He was truly a wonderful man and his splendid 
example will remain with us as a benediction. Please convey 
my sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. 

Fritz G. Lanham. 

Houston, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. McLean, Jr., 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Just learned of Judge McLean's death. I have lost one of 
the most wonderful friends I ever had and it is such a personal 
loss, I can only say I am grieving with the McLeans. 

Claude McCaleb. 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 


Fort Worth, Texas. 
Am deeply aggrieved at Judge McLean's death and extend 
heartfelt sympathy to bereaved family. Sorry I cannot attend 


Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Your telegram saddens my heart. I can not voice my regret. 
Accept yourself, and express to Bill and others, my sincere sym- 
pathy and sorrow. 


Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
I join with the citizens of Texas in expressing my condolence 
to you and other members of the family. In the death of your 
illustrous father, Texas has lost another great and good man. 

Guinn Williams. 

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Mineral Wells, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Just learned of Judge McLean's death. A great and good 
man has passed away. Accept our sincerest sympathy. 

Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Perkins. 

Mt. Pleasant, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
We offer condolence, our sympathy in your bereavement. 
Your sorrows are ours. We feel a great man gone to rest. 

J. V. MOORE, Mayor, 

Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
No one valued your father more than I did and no one 
more deplores his death. He was one of the greatest citizens 
the State has ever produced and he honored the State as few 
men have. 

Nelson Phillips. 

Bellevue, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
The sad word just reached me of your gifted father's death. 
Wife and I extend our heartfelt and sincere sympathy in your 
great sorrow. 


Mt. Pleasant, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Care McLean, Scott and Sayers, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Temple Lodge is sad to hear of Judge McLean's death, our 
esteemed member of long standing. If family desires Masonic 
burial, advise what lodge there they prefer, and will make the 
proper request. Advise time of burial. 

I. N. Williams, W. M. 

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Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
You have my deepest sympathy in your great loss. 

J. L. Hunter. 

Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
MRS. W. P. MCLEAN, Sr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Judge McLean has joined my husband in the Great Beyond. 
No more devoted friends than they ever lived, and in your hour 
of sorrow I want you to know that you have my heartfelt 

Mrs. M. L. Crawford. 

Houston, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Attorney at Law, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Regret to learn of your father's death. Extend my sympathy. 

Thos. F. Whiteside, Jr. 

Eastland, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
I am inexpressibly grieved over the death of your father 
and my good friend. Accept sincere sympathy. 

James A. Weaver. 

McKinney, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
We join all Texas in deep sympathy in the death of your 
husband and father. i 

Geo. M. O'Neal and Family. 

Cooledge, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Wm. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Just learned of Judge's death. Sincere sympathy. 


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Cameron, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. MCLEAN, JR., Attorney, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Texas loses a great citizen by the death of your venerable 
father. My deepest sympathy to you. Your friend, 

T. S. Henderson. 

Waco, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Please accept sincere sympathy in death of Judge McLean. 
Will appreciate your expressing same to Will McLean for me. 

Walter D. Taylor. 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
HON. W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
I deeply sympathize with you in the death of your dear 
father. The longer I knew him the more I loved him. 

W. P. Sebastian. 

Bowie, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Words often seem inadequate, but believe me when I say I 
sympathize greatly with you in the loss of your father. Truly 
a worthy citizen has passed on. Your friend, 

G. W. Alcorn. 

Austin, Texas, March 14, 1925. 

316 Henderson St., Fort Worth, Texas. 
Accept my sincere sympathy in your hour of sorrow. 

Mrs. Bess Mason. 

Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Care McLean, Scott and Sayers, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
My profoundest sympathy in the passing of your distinguished 

Lelia Craig. 

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Mt. Pleasant, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Officers and directors this bank extend sympathy in your 

First National Bank. 

Mt. Pleasant, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Accept my deepest sympathy in this your hour of sorrow. 

George Lilienstern. 

Strawn, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
The passing away of your venerable father, means a loss not 
only to the family, but to your city and state. Please extend 
our deepest sympathy to the whole family. 

Stuart Brothers. 

Colorado, Texas, March 16, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
You know my sympathy is with you and yet you must find 
consolation in possessing the heritage of a life well spent in for- 
getting self for the benefit of others and this to such an extent. 
We can say one of the world's noblemen has fallen asleep. 

L. W. Sandusky. 

Austin, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Just read of Judge McLean's death. Texas loses one of its 
greatest citizens, the bar one of its most honorable members, 
and you have lost your dear old dad, your best friend and coun- 
sellor. You have our deepest sympathy. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Avery. 

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Amarillo, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. MCLEAN, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
I received this morning the very sad news of your father's 
death and I wish to express to your mother, you and all the 
McLean family my heartfelt sympathy in your present bereave- 
ment and loss of your father. 

• Joe Sneed. 

Wichita Falls, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, Jr., 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
We received the sad news of the death of your distinguished 
father and we extend to you and the entire family our deepest 
sympathy in your sad bereavement. Your father's death was 
much regretted by the bar at this place. 


J. T. Montgomery. 

San Antonio, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Care Scott, McLean and Sayers, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
My deepest sympathy extended to you in the passing of your 
husband and father. In my fifty years association with him I 
can truthfully say I never knew a better husband, father, states- 
man or jurist than W. P. McLean. 

S. D. LARY. 

Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
W. P. McLEAN, JR., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Your father has lived a life, the memory of which, is a 
heritage of pride to the loved ones left behind. I would be with 
you in this hour were I not prevented by the most urgent court 
room engagement. However, you know that you and yours 
have my full sympathy. A Crawford could never forget a 
McLean in their hour of grief. 

W. L. Crawford. 
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Houston, Texas, March 13, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
It is with great sorrow that I have learned of your father's 
death. I can deeply sympathize with you. 


Sherman, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
WM. P. McLEAN, Jr., 

1512 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas. 
Sincere sympathy to you in your deep sorrow. 

Mrs. Warner Evans. 

Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
May I express my deepest sympathy. 

Chris J. McLemore. 

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My Dear Friend: March 15, 1925. 

Mrs. Lanham and myself were shocked and grieved to hear 
the sad news of the passing of your good father, and we want 
you to know that we mourn with you in this great bereavement. 
Truly, he was a wonderful man and performed a wonderful 
service! I am glad he was spared so long to his family and his 
friends and his country, but we are never prepared to give up 
gbod fathers and good men. May the good Lord comfort you 
and yours in this time of sorrow. 

A life is never complete until its close — not even complete 
then in our blissful hope of immortality — and now that we 
can look back upon the distinguished career and service of your 
lamented father, what a bountiful life was his! He saw our 
State grow and develop with incredible progress, and contributed 
the fruits of his talent and training to that accomplishment. As 
a public servant, as the peer of the best in his profession, as a 
citizen and gentleman he has left a wonderful heritage in his ex- 
ample. With all who delighted to know him, I shall fondly 
cherish it. 

My grief at his passing is the more poignant when I reflect 
upon the long and intimate friendship between him and 
my own father and the high regard which each entertained for 
the other. Bill, we had great fathers. They grew up when 
conditions were relatively primitive and they had to endure the 
many hardships incident to those early times, but they came out 
of them the stronger for the problems they had solved and the 
service they had rendered. Blessed be their memories! 

To my mind, one of the big things about your dear father is 
that he devoted his last years to a sweet spirit of helpfulness. 
The counsel that he has given out of his wisdom and experience 
to young men ambitious to be of service to their day and gener- 
ation will continue to bless humanity for a long, long time to 
come. Oh, how much in this regard am I, for one, his debtor. 
His friendly advice, his genial guidance were always right and 
for the right. In my talks with him he always manifested a 
fatherly interest in the son of a friend who had departed. What 
a comforting and helpful inspiration that interest was! Young 
men will miss him, but they will remember him for his wise 
counsel and companionship. So it is not the old pioneer alone 
who will honor his memory and sympathize with you in his 
loss. No words of mine can convey my high estimate of his 
worth, but in my heart I shall always treasure the recollection 
of his useful life and the inspiring example of his generous and 
distinguished service. Sincerely your friend, 

Fritz G. Lanham. 

Hon. W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

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Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, March 6, 1925. 
Miss Margaret McLean, 

316 South Henderson Street, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Margaret: 

Just this note from your friends in the club to let you know 
how much we love you and that we are all thinking about you 
each day. 

When sorrow comes like this it is so hard to say anything 
that will help. My heart is so full and I wish it were in my 
power to write you half I feel. 

Your nice "Dad" had lived such a full life. A life with the 
object to help others all he could and did. His going is rather 
sweet, Margaret, when you feel he did all he could here on earth, 
and now has just gone Home to rest, where there are no wor- 
ries — all is perfect peace. 

Each girl in the club loves you and is thinking about you and 
through me they each send you love and sympathy. A wish 
in each heart that they could do some little something to help. 

Love for you from each club member and just a little special 
love please from me, because I have known you so long. 

Mrs. James Offutt, 

Cor. Sec, Monday Book Club. 
2732 Hemphill Street, City. 

Attorneys at Law 
1219% main street 

Dallas, Texas, March 18, 1925. 
Honorable W. P. McLean, 

Attorney at Law, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
My dear Mr. McLean: 

I have read with unusual regret and with a due appreciation 
of the great loss to Texas, and to the legal profession, of the 
death of your distinguished father. 

May I not ask that you accept this expression of my deepest 
sympathy, and let me join with the multitude of others in my 
humble way to share with you so great a loss. Your father 
made a distinct contribution to the welfare of Texas and the 
country. His loss is only partly lessened in that he leaves you 
behind him to carry on. 

Sincerely your friend, 

Alvin Owsley. 

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Committee on Interstate Commerce 

March 13, 1925. 
Hon. W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Bill: 

I was greatly shocked and grieved to receive your message 
announcing the passing away of your father. As you know, I 
lost my father four years ago and I know what it means to 
lose a father — you feel like a great prop has been taken from 
beneath you. 

Judge McLean lived to such a good ripe age and he was with 
you so constantly that you will feel yourself almost lost as you 
go daily to your office and miss his happy and genial presence. 
We must remember, however, my dear friend, that death is no 
respecter of persons. The Grim Reaper takes his toll from all 
alike — the young may die, the old must die. In the due course 
of time all will be called upon to pay tribute to the Unwelcome 

While the passing away of our loved ones fills our hearts 
with sorrow and our eyes with tears, yet the sweet influence of 
the noble life lingers with us constantly and the passing on of 
your father will ever remind you that there is another land of 
wider opportunity and greater service from whose bourne no 
traveller has ever returned. Personally, my faith is absolute and 
complete. I do not doubt for a moment but that some day 
I will strike hands again with those "long since loved and lost 
awhile." The voice of the Christ whispers across the long 
stretch of the centuries that "it is not all of life to live, nor of 
death to die." If we hold fast to the faith of our fathers and 
our mothers, we cannot doubt but that some day we, too, 
will reach that country where the "rainbow never fades," where 
the family circle will be reunited and we will behold the glor- 
ified faces of father and mother, sister and brother, daughter 
and son, and a large host of true and loyal friends. 

May God's love and grace sustain you as you pass through 
the Valley of the Shadow which must be the experience of mor- 
tal man. In silence I extend to you the handgrasp of a true 
friend and assure you that my heart goes out to you in the 
great loss which you have sustained. 

I am, 

Your friend, 


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Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation 

March 14, 1925. 
My dear Bill: 

Following up my telegram of yesterday, I wish to say that 
since the death of my own mother and father nothing has given 
me as much sorrow as the death of your father yesterday morn- 
ing. His lifelong, personal friendship for my father and his 
deep interest in my own welfare led me to entertain for him a 
genuine and deepening affection. His death comes to me, there- 
fore, in the nature of a keen and profound, personal loss. 

He was undoubtedly one of the ablest lawyers America ever 
produced and his career will be an inspiration to all who knew 
him. My father held him in the very highest admiration. I 
have often heard my father say that Judge McLean possessed 
the clearest legal mind he had ever known. When I was taking 
my father through Fort Worth only a few months before his 
death, he asked me to wire Judge McLean to come to see him 
ac the train, and I recall very vividly the conversation that took 
place between them. 

I know how inadequate mere human language is in the 
shadow of a sorrow like this, but I want you to know that 
my heart goes out to ytu in deepest sympathy. 
Sincerely your friend, 

Morris Sheppard. 

Hon. W. P. McLean, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

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Judge Criminal District Court 

Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Honorable W. P. McLean, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Bill: 

I think I can sympathize with you over the loss of your 
lamented father, because I am sensible that mine must soon 
leave me. And there's much in common between them, both 
fine types of the old time Texas lawyer and citizen, rugged and 
fearless, true to their friends, their ideals and their country. 
No finer man ever lived in Texas than your father. God rest 
his great soul and honor to his memory. 
Truly Yours 

Felix D. Robertson 


County Judge Castro County 

Dimmitt, Texas, March 18, 1925. 
Mr. Bill McLean, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Sir and Friend: 

I have just noticed in the paper the account of the death of 
your father. It was my intention to come to the Fat Stock 
Show in Fort Worth but too busy to get away from here. I 
am sorry now, that I did not come, I would have seen him once 
more. I never knew a man in my life that I had higher regard 
for than I did Judge McLean. 

With best regards to all your family, I am 
Your friend, 

Joe H. Elliott. 

Stock Yards Station 
Fort Worth, Texas, Ranch, March 16, 1924. 
W. P. McLean, Jr., 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Friend Bill: 

I was indeed sorry to know of the death of your father. I 
considered him one of my very best friends and I thought a 
great deal of his judgment and advice. I did not know of his 
death until Monday. I sincerely sympathize with you and all 
the family. 

Yours respectfully, 

D. G. VICK. 

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March 16th, 1925. 
Honorable W. P. McLean, Jr. 
McLean, Scott & Sayers, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

My dear Sir and Friend: 

I note with genuine regret, as does every loyal Texan, the 
death of your good father, Honorable W. P. McLean, Sr. In 
his death, our State has lost one of its old time land-marks, a 
citizen of the distinctive type that made history and made Texas. 
Be assured of my deep personal sympathy in this your very 
distinct loss. 

Your friend, 




Houston, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
My dear Bill: 

Have just learned of Judge McLean's death. I sent you a 
wire — but a mere telegram seems so inadequate to express my 

My mind is running backwards — back to the days when I 
was a newspaper reporter, when Jeff was making his fight: 
then to the old court reporting days — then to the time I 
commenced to try cases. And the Judge is so intermingled with 
it all. It seems but yesterday when I tried my first murder 
case. I should say "our murder case," because the Judge 
furnished the law and I furnished the noise. 

I have been to him hundreds of times — and it was ever the 
same. When I was partly right; he bragged on me — when I 
was wholly wrong, he gently led me back to the legal path. 
The most sympathetic and understanding friend I had during 
the days when I needed him most has gone — but there still 
lives my love for the Clan McLean. 

My appreciation of the Judge's friendship makes me hope 
that there can never be a complete gathering of the McLean 
Clan that does not include me — at least as a step-member. 
Your friend, 

Claude McCaleb 

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Grapevine, Texas, March 14, 1925. 

Honorable W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Bill: 

It is with great regret that I hear of the death of your father, 
Judge W. P. Mclean. He was one of the great men of Texas 
and your success in life, in business and as a citizen is no 
doubt due to the long association you have had with him. Accept 
my sympathy and kindest wishes. 

Your friend, 




Austin, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Mr. W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

My dear McLean: 

I was profoundly grieved when I received telegram this 
morning from Mr. Walter Scott advising me that your father, 
Judge W. P. McLean, had passed away this morning. 

I extend to all of the sorrowing loved ones my sincerest 

As I wired Mr. Scott today, I am very sorry that I shall 
be unable to attend the funeral tomorrow afternoon. 

I held Judge McLean in the highest esteem on account of his 
many virtues. He was a man of superior native ability, and 
was a lawyer of unusual attainments. The best of all was that 
he was a man of unimpeachable integrity and of devotion to 
the highest ideals. The world has sustained a distinct loss in 
his death, and the bereavement of his loved ones is unspeak- 

With best wishes for all of you, I remain sincerely, 
Your friend, 

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Cleburne, Texas, March 15, 1925. 

Honorable W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Will: 

I want to express to you and your dear family as well as 
the members of your firm my sincere sympathy and deep regret, 
at the death of your dear father. At the time of his death, 
I was confined to my bed with an attack of lumbago, and it 
was only today that I was able to be up. Your father was my 
friend, and his death brings great sorrow to me. I had, during 
all the years I had known him, learned to love him very dearly. 
I deeply regret not being able to attend the funeral. Again 
permit me to express to you my deepest sympathy in your 
great grief at the passing of dear Judge McLean, who was so 
loved and honored by the entire citizenship of Texas. 
Sincerely your friend, 



Amarillo, Texas, March 13th, 1925. 
Mr. W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Bill: 

I received a telegram this morning advising me of your 
father's death and it is needless to say that it was a very sad 
message, for I have always considered the Judge a very dear 
friend of mine and he will not only be missed by me, but by 
all of his friends in every walk of life. He was a man who be- 
lieved in living and let live. 

I was in Fort Worth a few days ago and had a very pleasant 
visit with him. He told me at the time you were in the 
hospital, having your tonsils removed. I hope that you have 
thoroughly recovered by this time and that there will be no bad 
after effects. 

I am wiring you and your family tonight, my heartfelt 
sympathy in this sorrow and if I can be of any service in the 
future, command me. 

Your sincere friend, 


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Weatherford, Texas, March 13 th, 1925. 

Honorable Wm. P. McLean, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Bill: 

I have just read in the evening paper the sad news of your 
father's sudden death. I want you to know that you have my 
sympathy, and that his passing takes from our ranks one of the 
greatest of great men. 

We will all miss him, just as you will miss him, his opinion 
and judgment on all questions was invariably right. I do not 
recall any time when he was in the wrong, and I have often 
referred to him, as one man we could follow and be on the 
right side. 

I am so glad that I called in to see him and had a short talk 
only a few weeks back — The vacant chair in your firm, in his 
home and in the mind of the public generally will be hard 
to fill. 

May these few words of sympathy from me be of some help 
and comfort to you and other members of his family to help 
bear the grief and sorrow that death" brings. It's a debt all 
must pay. 

Sincerely your friend, 

PM-M Preston Martin 



Graham, Texas, March Thirteenth, 1925. 

Honorable W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Sir and friend: 

Have read with profound regret account of your father's 
death as carried in the daily press. The condolences I extend 
you can be nothing as compared to the heritage bequeathed 
by his life and work. 

With best wishes, very truly yours, 

EG-S Elmer Graham 

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Eastern District of Texas 

Texarkana, Texas, March 17, 1925. 
Hon. W. P. McLean, Jr., 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Bill: 

I tried very hard to go to Fort Worth to attend your 
father's funeral, but my engagements made it impossible. I am 
just writing to extend to you and to the family my sympathy. 

I feel a sense of personal grief. Your father was one of the 
most lovable characters I have ever known, and while I have not 
gotten to see him much of late, yet I have kept up with him 
and would visit with him now and then. During the last term 
of my court in Sherman, he was trying a case in the State 
court there, and I do not think I ever enjoyed him more than 
during the conversations I had with him at night in the lobby 
of the hotel. He was quite proud of you, and I thought I de- 
tected much gratification as he told me of some of the notable 
cases with which you had been connected. 

He has had a notable career, and I do not suppose he ever had 
an enemy. The world is much better by reason of his having 
lived in it, and you ought to feel much gratitude that he was 
spared until he reached such a good ripe age. 

With very best wishes to all of you, I am, 
Sincerely, your friend, 



Fort Worth, Texas, March 16, 1925. 

Dear Mr. McLean: 

I beg you to accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss of your 
dear and noble father. Grieve for him you must, but there is 
consolation in your grief in the heritage he has left you of a 
long record of distinguished service, of big duty well performed. 
Will you convey to the other members of your family my 
sentiments of heart-felt condolence. 

I am, sincerely, 

Robt. M. Nolan. 

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Judge 35 th Judicial District 

Coleman, Texas, March 14, 1925. 
Mrs. W. P. McLean, Sr., 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Mrs. McLean: 

Just today did I notice the death of Judge McLean. 

I feel just like I did when I lost my own father. I recall 
back many years when I used to know him well and I never 
went to Fort Worth but what I would go up and call on him. 
You have my deepest sympathy in his death. Permit me to say 
I do not think a more noble man ever lived than Judge McLean. 

Fannie joins me in this letter to you. 

Give my regards to all the children and with best wishes, I am 
Yours sincerely, 

JOW-GP J. O. Woodward. 

Dr. G. George Fox, Rabbi 

Chicago, 111., March 26, 1925. 
Mr. W. P. McLean, Jr., 

Care McLean, Scott and Sayers, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Bill: 

Will you please let me extend to you, Jack and Miss Margaret, 
our deepest sympathy in the bereavement of your great father. 
He was a wonderful example of that fine Southern American 
which will be to all future generations the type of American 
which each should strive to attain. There are not many like him 
left, and, what is worse, the younger men of this generation 
don't give much hope of being like him. You ought to be con- 
gratulated on being able to look upon so splendid a man as your 
father, and I sincerely trust your boys will take something of 
that great spirit of their grandfather with them through life. 

Give my regards to the rest of the folks and to Walter and 

Sincerely yours, 

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801-837-838 MAYO BUILDING 

Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 18, 1925. 

Mr. William P. McLean, 
Ellison Building, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 

Dear Mr. McLean: 

My attention has just been called to your father's demise. I 
regret indeed to learn of this. 

My brief period of acquaintance with your father had ripened 
into a warm friendship. I always enjoyed the discussions we 
had together during my visits to your office. 

Your State has lost one of its ablest citizens and I send you 
and your family my condolence in the hour of your bereavement. 
Yours very sincerely, 

Houston B. Teehee. 

Attorneys at Law 

Weatherford, Texas, March 13, 1925. 

Hon. W. P. McLean, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dear Bill: 

Have just read in the paper of the death of your venerable 
and wonderful father. Had not even heard that he was ill. 

Please accept my sincere regrets in this great loss both to 
the family and the community. He was truly a wonderful man. 
I really loved your father, and to you and Jack and the family 
generally I convey my heartfelt condolence in this great sorrow 
and bereavement. 

Most sincerely, 

R. B. Hood. 

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SINCE 1858 
Strawn, Texas, March 15. 1925 
Messrs. McLean, Scott, Sayers and Alcorn, 
Fort Worth, Texas. 
Gentlemen and Friends: 

Thank God that the name McLean does not pass from your 
firm, with the putting away of the body of your Senior 
Member. The name of W. P. McLean, 1st, is so impressed on 
the Legal Bar of Texas, in the upbuilding of the City of Fort 
Worth, and so indelibly written into the History of the State 
of Texas, that so long as there be students to follow the de- 
velopment of the Lone Star State, just so long shall the name of 
William Pinckney McLean act as a beacon light, toward which 
all who would attain the heights in the legal profession in 
this State, may steer their craft and know that they will land 
in the harbor of success. 

Fortunate indeed, say I, that for so many years your firm 
has had such a leader; to but few in your profession is granted 
the privilege of daily association with one whose every word, 
deed and thought could be but an inspiration to follow in his 

Take the banner thrown now into your hands, may no 
blot come to mar its purity, and as the summons comes to each 
of you to follow your leader, may your fellow man have of 
each of you the same opinion as is voiced of him in the Public 
Press of today. 

My Home Family shares the sorrow of your Business 

Very sincerely yours, 

Douglas Smythe, Sr. 

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March 23rd, 1925. 
Mr. W. P. McLean, 

Fort Worth, Texas. 
My Dear Friend: 

My deepest sympathy and kindest thoughts go out to you in 
your great sorrow. 

In the passing of Judge McLean the South has lost a 'gentle- 
man of the old school' — the State an able jurist, and his home 
city a valuable citizen. To me he was always a friend of safe 
counsel, — sincere and honest, and your many friends in Titus 
County are bowed in grief at the irreparable loss that you have 

Please extend to your wife and sons my sincere regards. 
Your friend, 


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Press Notices 

(From Fort Worth Press, March 13, 1925.-) 

Succumbs to Two-Day Attack of Pneumonia 


Funeral To Be Held at 3 P. M. Saturday 

Judge William Pinckney McLean Sr., one of the framers of 
the present State Constitution and member of the first Texas 
Railroad Commission, died 6:10 a. m. Friday at his home, 316 
South Henderson Street. He had been ill two days of pneu- 

Judge McLean was in his 89th year. He was the senior 
member of the firm of McLean, Scott & Sayers. 

Funeral services will be held 3 p. m. Saturday at St. Andrew's 
Episcopal Church. Rev. E. H. Eckel will officiate. Interment 
will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. 


Judge McLean was born in Copiah County, Miss., August 
9, 183 6. He was brought to Harrison County, Texas, by his 
mother, Mrs. Anne Rose McLean, in his early childhood. His 
father, Allan Ferguson McLean, died of pneumonia in 1839. 

The family later moved to Mount Pleasant, in Titus County. 
Judge McLean's early education was received from a private 
tutor and in a log schoolhouse. He later attended Marshall Uni- 
versity at Marshall, Texas, and graduated from the University 
of North Carolina, at Chappel Hill, in academic work. 


Judge McLean's political career began with his election to 
the Ninth Legislature from Victoria County for the session of 
1861. Judge McLean resigned his seat in the House and entered 
the Confederate army as a private. He was ranked as major 
at the war's close. 

Following the Civil War he was again elected to the Legisla- 
ture from Red River and Titus Counties for the 12th session. 
In 1872 he was elected to the 43rd Congress from a district 
which was bounded by Bowie, Ellis, Hood and Tarrant Counties. 

In 1875 he was named member of the State Constitutional 
Convention. Later he was elected Judge of the Fifth Judicial 

Page Seventy-one 

District and served for one term. Judge McLean refused re- 
election for a second term in all political offices he held. 

Governor James Hogg named him as member of the first rail- 
road commission. He resigned this place in 1893 and moved 
to Fort Worth, where he began the practice of law. 

He married Miss Margaret Batte, daughter of Major W. C. 
Batte of Titus County, in 1859. Mrs. McLean is now in her 
86th year. 


Surviving Judge McLean are his widow; four children, Miss 
Margaret McLean, W. P. McLean Jr., and Dr. John H. McLean 
of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Bessie Culp of Gainesville; 10 grand- 
children and two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Dr. John 
McLean, a retired Methodist minister of Dallas. 

Judge McLean had briefed a case in his office Tuesday morn- 
ing, altho he had been suffering from a bad cold for two weeks. 
He was confined to his bed Tuesday night. Attending physicians 
did not despair of his life Thursday, altho his condition was 

His four children were at his bedside when he died. 

Active pallbearers at the funeral service will be Walter B. 
Scott, W. W. Alcorn, and Sam Sayers, his law partners; W. A. 
Hanger, Edgar Blewett and W. H. Slay. There will be no 
honorary pallbearers. 

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(From Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 16, 1925.) 



Mourning the death of former Judge W. P. McLean Sr., hun- 
dreds of friends filled St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Saturday 
afternoon when the last rites were said by Rev. E. H. Eckel, 
rector of St. Andrew's. There were white-haired veterans, mak- 
ers of Texas and founders of Fort Worth, who struggled through 
the Texas pioneer days side by side with their deceased friend. 
Tottering old men who are seldom seen in public made their 
way to the funeral of the revered judge and sat with bowed 
heads and dimmed eyes. Members of the bar association at- 
tended in a body, many of them lifelong friends of the aged 
barrister, who died Friday at the age of 89. Interment was in 
Mt. Olivet Cemetery. 

A member of the first railway commission of Texas, the last 
surviving framer of the Constitution of Texas, McLean held 
a high place in the political and industrial as well as legal ac- 
complishment of Texas. His life was rugged and eventful. 

Calm faced old men reviewed the early history of Texas in 
their memories, ever fresh with achievement gained on the 
frontier, as they sat beside the bier of one of the leaders in those 
epochal years. Lon Smith of Austin, member of the State Rail- 
way Commission, was present at the funeral. 

Flowers from many parts of Texas were laid with the pro- 
fusion of elaborate pieces sent by Fort Worth friends. Banks 
of flowers were piled high on both sides of the casket extending 
some distance. 

As the casket was slowly moved along the aisle only a blanket 
of flowers was visible. Draped heavily over the bier, the massed 
flowers of many colors extended almost to the floor, entirely cov- 
ering the casket. The church was sweet with the fragrance of 
so many flowers. 

Pallbearers were Walter B. Scott, W. H. Slay, W. W. Alcorn, 
W. A. Hanger, Edgar Blewett, and Sam R. Sayers. 

McLean is survived by his wife; one brother, Rev. J. H. Mc- 
Lean, Dallas; four children, Miss Margaret McLean, Dr. J. H. 
McLean and W. P. McLean Jr., Fort Worth, and Mrs. Grady 
H. Culp, Gainesville. 

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(From Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 
March 14, 1925.) 

W. P. McLEAN. 

The death of Judge William Pinckney McLean added another 
name to the poignantly long roll of distinguished citizens of 
Texas who have died within the past year. Of all this im- 
pressive list of men of notable achievements none was more 
remarkable. In the span of his 89 years, Judge McLean was an 
eyewitness to the stirring events of the complete cycle of Texas 
history from the Republic to the present commonwealth. Be- 
ginning a semi-public life at an early age, he acquired many 
honors of office as tokens of the confidence of the people in his 
ability and integrity. He completed his life with the respect 
and love of the entire State. 

Judge McLean's public service consisted of two terms as 
a Legislator, a term as Congressman, as a district judge, and as 
a member of the first railroad commission appointed by Gov- 
ernor Hogg. He was a member of the convention which framed 
the present Constitution of the State. He was a member of the 
Legislature at the outbreak of the Civil War, but resigned and 
entered the Confederate army as a private. He came back from 
the war a major, and together with his compatriots bravely took 
up the task of restoring a broken community beset by the 
perils of the wilderness which then enveloped a great part of 

Judge McLean's holding office was in a measure forced upon 
him by his fellow citizens. He ever sought to devote his efforts 
to the practice of law. After coming to Fort Worth in 1893 
he realized his dream of undisturbed practice of the law and 
built up one of the best known law firms in the State. He lived 
to see the third generation of his family established in the law 
practice under the name. 

A man of such sterling worth and such great attainments re- 
quires no epitaph. It is a story of brilliance, public spirit, gen- 
tleness, courage and loyalty that in the Book of Life is headed 
with the name of William Pinckney McLean. 

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(From Fort Worth Press, March 16, 1925.) 

In preparation for a memorial service, R. E. Lee Camp, U. 
C. V., appointed a committee Sunday afternoon to draw up 
resolutions on the life and death of Judge W. P. McLean, who 
for many years was a member of the camp and who served as 
its commander. 

K. M. Van Zandt, Dr. J. T. Field and William Barr were 
named on the committee. 

Kennedy Orr, 11 -year-old songster, sang "Texas, the Lone 
Star State," accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Roberta L. 

(From Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 15, 1925.) 



Courthouse Closed as Mark of Respect 

All courts and practically all offices at the Courthouse 
closed Saturday afternoon out of respect to the memory 
of Judge W. P. McLean, pioneer lawyer. 

Members of the bar association convened at the Elks 
Club shortly after noon to attend the funeral services 
in a body. 

The flag on the state capitol at Austin was lowered to half 
mast Saturday out of respect to W. P. McLean Sr. of Fort 
Worth. Judge McLean died at his home here early Friday. 
Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon at 
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rev. E. H. Eckel officiating. 

Resolutions have been spread on the minutes of the Railroad 
Commission of Texas. McLean was the last surviving member 
of the first commission, which was named by Governor Hogg, 
the other two members appointed at the same time, John H. 
Reagan and L. L. Foster, having died years ago. 

Many telegrams expressing sorrow were received by the fam- 
ily and members of McLean's law firm Friday and Saturday, 

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many coming from men in public life, and personal friends who 
had followed the brilliant career of McLean. 


Clarence E. Gilmore, chairman; C. V. Terrell and Lon A. 
Smith, members of the Railroad Commission, sent the follow- 
ing message to W. P. McLean Jr. : 

"The death of your distinguished father brings great sorrow 
to all of the members and employes of the Railroad Commis- 
sion of Texas. His was a long and eventful life filled with 
useful and patriotic service to his country. As a member of the 
first Railroad Commission of Texas he laid deep and well the 
foundation for a regulatory system of our common carriers and 
his services, with that of his distinguished associates, has always 
been a beacon light to aid those who have followed them in the 
discharge of their duties. To you and all of the members of his 
family we express our deepest sympathy in your grief at the 
parting of one so loved and honored." 

The two Texas Senators at Washington, Morris Sheppard 
and Earle B. Mayfield, also sent messages of condolence. They 

"I am profoundly grieved to hear of your father's death. It 
is to me a deep and keen personal loss. He was one of the 
ablest lawyers and greatest thinkers our country has ever had. 
He was always my warm personal friend and supporter. I join 
you in mourning his departure." — Morris Sheppard. 


"I have just received the sad news of the passing away of your 
father and I hasten to express to you my deepest sympathy in 
your hour of sorrow and bereavement. A noble life has ended 
and the pure soul of a great man has gone to its final reward. 
Texas has sustained an irreparable loss in the passing of your 
father, because men of his character and mold are the exception 
rather than the rule. God bless you and yours as you pass 
through the Valley of the Shadow." — Earle B. Mayfield. 

Judge William H. Atwell of Federal District Court at Dallas, 
sent the following wire to Walter B. Scott, who was associated 
with McLean in the practice of law for more than 25 years: 

"I am very grateful to you for your thoughtfulness in ap- 
prising me of Judge McLean's death. One finds himself hunt- 
ing in his mentality for words to express his feelings when a 
man of Judge McLean's sterling worth passes from this to the 
other world. His contribution to constructive legislation, his 
example and learning for the enrichment of the bar and his con- 
stant watchfulness for righteousness of action and thought were 

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and are of inestimable worth to Texas. Please extend my 
sympathy and a touch of the hand to each of his sorrowing 


McLean had been a member of the Temple Masonic Lodge of 
Mount Pleasant, his home before moving to Fort Worth, for 
more than 60 years, and was one of the oldest members of that 
organization in the State. L. N. Williams, worshipful master 
of the lodge, sent the following message to Scott: 

"Temple Masonic lodge is sad to hear of Judge McLean's 
death, our esteemed member of long standing. If the family 
desires Masonic burial, advise what lodge there they prefer and 
will make the proper request." 

Condolences also were received by McLean Jr. from James E. 
Ferguson at Austin, who wired: "The Governor joins me in 
deepest sympathy to you in your bereavement." 

Many telegrams were received from members of the bar 
throughout the State, the following one from A. H. Carrigan 
and J. T. Montgomery of Wichita Falls being representative: 

"We received the sad news of the death of your distinguished 
father and we extend to you and tb* entire family our deepest 
sympathy in your sad bereavement. His death is much regretted 
by the bar of this city." 

(From Southwestern Railway Journal.) 

One of the great lawyers of his time, a man who was found 
ia the front for the questions which benefited the people, and a 
man whose public and private life stamped him as a man of 
honor and respect for the common people. Like most of public 
and private citizens, he was not thoroughly appreciated, because 
of his modest and unassuming nature. 

Judge McLean was directly responsible for the signature of 
Governor S. W. T. Lanham, to the Assumed Risk Law that 
has been a boon to railway men of this State. When the corpor- 
ations, especially, the railroads, were clamoring to have Governor 
Lanham veto that bill, which had been passed by the Texas 
Legislature in 1905, Judge McLean wrote Governor Lanham 
that the bill was only justice toward those who had espoused 
its passage and that it should be approved. 

The Governor approved it and it has served to stand as 
Judge McLean said it would — good, wholesome legislation, and 
entirely justifiable as a statute of this State. This is only one 
of the many kindly and humane acts of a long life of usefulness. 

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At the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Texas Bar Asso- 
ciation, held at Austin, Texas, July 1, 2 and 3, 1925, among 
the memorials from the floor of the convention to the memory 
of Judge W. P. McLean were those from Judge A. H. Carrigan 
of the firm of Carrigan, Montgomery, Brittain, Morgan and 
King, Wichita Falls, Texas, and from the Hon. T. W. David- 
son, Marshall, Texas, as follows: 

"MR. CARRIGAN: I might be remiss in my duty now if I 
did not pay a tribute to the Honorable W. P. McLean, one of 
the brethren of the Bar and a member of this Association. 

"Judge McLean had a very distinguished career, and the loss 
of him has brought darkness to the hearts of many of those 
who came in contact with that wonderful character. He lived 
in Texas from, I think, during the days of the Republic. He 
was a member of the Bar of Texas before the great conflict be- 
tween the States, in 1861. In 1869 he was a member of the 
Legislature, and was one of those who voted to go out and fight 
for constitutional liberty, and he was not a man who would 
just express his patriotism in words, but he went back and left 
his wife and children in East Texas, and became a member of 
the Confederate Army and was a fighting soldier — and when 
he came back the conflict was over. 

"He then remained at home and did his duty as every patriotic 
citizen should do; and one of the first things he did was to 
become a member of the American Congress. He served with 
distinction at Washington. He came back, after serving one 
term, and did not ask to be returned. He was one of those 
officers who did not believe in succeeding themselves. One term 
was sufficient for one of his aspirations. He served four years 
as District Judge in the northeastern corner of our State. When 
that was over, he began practicing law again; and when the 
Governor of this State formed the first Railroad Commission, 
he was one of the three selected, and became a Railroad Com- 
missioner of this State; which position he filled with distinction, 
as he did all other positions of his. 

"He was a practicing attorney for sixty-seven years, and was 
a practitioner up to a week before he died. 

"Judge McLean was an honest man, he was a fearless man, 
as well as a patriotic citizen and patriotic individual, and a 
remarkable citizen. He was a distinguished lawyer, as any one 
would know who came in contact with him — that crossed 
swords with him. He never went back on a friend because of 

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the fact that the friend was in trouble — that was the time that 
Judge McLean showed his friendship — when a friend of his; 
got into trouble. When the rest of the world turned its back 
upon him, Judge McLean showed his friendship for him. Nor 
that he endorsed what he did, but he had charity in his heart 
and said, 'I will overlook this because you are my friend.' 

"I know of no man who left a sweeter memory than Honor- 
able Judge McLean of Fort Worth. I know of no man whose 
ideals were higher than his, and I want to say to the members 
of this Bar that in all his career no man ever came in contact 
with him, no young man ever came in contact with Judge 
McLean that was not inspired to higher ideals and higher 
thoughts by reason of that fact." 

"RICHARD MAYS: I am not sure that you have put it 
into the record, but he was a member of the Constitutional 
Convention of Texas." 

"T. W. DAVIDSON: Mr. President, Members of the Bar 
Association : 

"I perhaps should not remain silent when I have the knowl- 
edge and consciousness of the fact that our esteemed Judge W. P 
McLean spent his boyhood days in the native hills of Marion 
County, seventy years ago. Judge McLean and Colonel Van 
Zandt, one of Fort Worth's distinguished citizens, were barefoot 
boys, wading the spring branches in the backwoods of old Har- 
rison County. The grandmother of Colonel McLean was one 
of the pioneers of Texas. She was, by the way, the aunt of 
three United States Senators, and the grandmother of two Con- 
gressmen. That family has been known over the entire State; 
and loyalty was the watchword of W. P. McLean. 

"Years after that, I was seeking something at the hands of 
the people of Texas, and on one occasion I went into the office 
of Judge McLean, and he said, 'I know you; I know Harrison 
County, and Colonel Van Zandt said you are from Harrison 
County, and we are for you.' 

"They were men that helped to make Texas. He, I believe, 
was the last but one of those that wrote the present Constitu- 
tion of the State of Texas, Judge Dillard of my home section 
of the State, I believe, being the last survivor of that assembly 
that convened sixty years ago and wrote our present basic law." 

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