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The Sam B. Hall Jr. Professorship and Lecture Series

Sam B. Hall, Jr. (1924-1994)

Born in Marshall, Texas, Sam B. Hall Jr. was a U. S. Representative for the Texas 1st Congressional District (1976-1985), and a Texas Eastern District federal judge (1985-1994). A World War II army veteran, lawyer, civic servant, member and deacon of a Church of Christ congregation, and a graduate of the College of Marshall (now ETBU) and Baylor University law school, Hall was a conservative Democrat, a champion of members of the U. S. military and veterans, and an enthusiastic patriot. His biography, Sam B. Hall Jr.: Whatever is Right, was published in 2005.

The Professorship and Lectureship

The Hall Professorship and Lecture Series was established at East Texas Baptist University in 1993 by the family, friends, and Judge Hall’s colleagues in the bar, the U.S. Congress, and the federal judiciary. Dr. Jerry L. Summers was named the Hall Professor of History. Following Dr. Summers’ retirement in 2021, Dr. David (Sandy) Hoover was named Hall Professor of History.  Judge Hall’s legacy is honored annually with a community-wide spring celebration of his contributions to Marshall, East Texas, and the United States.

The endowed professorship and lectureship reflect the generosity of those who loved and appreciated Judge Hall, his love for the College of Marshall and East Texas Baptist University, and his love for history.

Would you like to contribute to the endowment? If so, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 903.923.2071 or email

History Sam B Hall
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Dr. Sandy Hoover
Sam B. Hall Professor of History
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