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 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. In 1993 Judge Hall delivered the first lecture in the annual lecture series.
Sam B. Hall, Jr., United States District Judge for the Texas Eastern District, 1993.
Dr. Jerry L. Summers, The Sam B. Hall, Jr., Professor of History, ETBU (1994, 2005);
Mr. Joe R. Lovelace, retired attorney, fellow College of Marshall graduate, lifelong friend to Judge Hall, from Linden, Texas (1995);
Judge William Cornelius, Jefferson, Texas (1997);
The Rev. Dr. Inez D. Jenkins of Marshall, retired Professor Emerita in Religion and Philosophy, Wiley College, Marshall (1998);
Mr. D. Glenn Elliott, Texas Ranger, Retired (1999);
Mr. Chase Palmer, Marshall attorney and grandson of Judge Hall (2000);
Mr. Don Adams, Austin attorney and trustee of East Texas Baptist University, a former Texas State representative and senator (2001);
Mr. Ed Hohn, attorney and former judicial law clerk with Judge Hall, Daingerfield (2002);
Mr. Bryan Hughes, Texas District 5 State Representative (2003);
Dr. Don Newbury, President and Chancellor, Howard Payne University, Retired (2004);
Dr. Brad J. Toben, Dean, Baylor School of Law (2006);
Mr. Richard Anderson, Marshall attorney, former Texas State senator, and Harrison County Judge (2007);
Dr. J. David Holcomb, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Director of Special Academic Programs, Associate Director, UMHB Center for Religious Liberty, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas (2010);
Judge Kenneth Winston Starr, President, Baylor University (2011).
Dr. Bradley J. Creed, Provost, Executive Vice-President, and Professor of Religion, Samford University (2012)
Dr. Ronald A. Wells, Professor Emeritus, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Director, The Maryville Symposium on Faith and Learning, Maryville College, Tennessee (1996, 2013)
Coach Gene Stallings, Multiple Hall of Fame member; former head football coach, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, the Washington Redskins, and defensive assistant, the Dallas Cowboys; author and speaker, retired; from Paris, Texas (2014).
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.