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Thornton Hardie

Thornton Hardie

El Paso

Appointed by

Governors Shivers and Daniel

Chairman Term






Date of Passing

December 7, 1969
U. T. Student

THORNTON HARDIE, El Paso, TX, was appointed to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System in March 1957. Elected Board Chairman in March 1961, he served in that position until December 1962, and completed his six-year term in March 1963.

While a student at U. T. Austin, Mr. Hardie was President of the Sophomore Class and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and Chancellors, the honorary legal society, and one of the organizers of the Texas Law Review.

An attorney in El Paso, Mr. Hardie was a member of the Texas and American Bar Associations and a former President of the El Paso Bar Association. He also served in various capacities on the boards of El Paso National Bank, Southern Union Gas Co., and Rio Grande, El Paso and Santa Fe Railway.

In August 1915, Mr. Hardie married Mabelle Bryan of El Paso. Mrs. Hardie enjoyed attending Regents activities and looked forward to hosting the Regents when they held meetings in El Paso.

Submitted by the Family of Thornton Hardie, March 2018


Mr. Hardie was appointed by Governor Allan Shivers on January 10, 1957. However, his name was recalled by Governor Price Daniel who claimed Governor Shivers had no right to make the appointment. Governor Daniel resubmitted Mr. Hardie's name, and Mr. Hardie was confirmed by the Senate on February 27, 1957.