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Honoring Ralph Hall: A Legacy to Remember

by Front Porch Rockwall


On Saturday, Texas said goodbye to the longstanding Congressman Ralph Hall, 95, the oldest living member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on the passing of Hall, “Cecilia and I ask that all Texans join us in praying for the family of Ralph Hall as they mourn his passing. Congressman Hall heroically served his country in World War II and went on to a career in politics where he distinguished himself as a fiercely independent voice who put the needs of his constituents above all else. He represented the best of the Lone Star State and will be forever remembered as one of the finest Texans to ever serve our great nation.”

Born in Fate, Texas, he was lived in Rockwall throughout his life, graduating from Rockwall High School in 1941. After High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945.

By 1943, Hall additionally continued his education at Texas Christian University and completed his undergrad at the University of Texas. 

By 1951, he received his law degree at Southern Methodist University and began a private law practice in Rockwall.

Elected in 1980 as a United States Representative for Texas’s 4th congressional district, Ralph Hall served 34 years in Congress for North Texas and was the chairman for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for 2011 to 2013. 

Hall was married to Mary Ellen Murphy and has three sons Hampton, Brett and Blakeley. He currently has 5 grandchildren.


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