The Toughest Bar in Texas: The Alamo Bar Association

The Appellate Advocate, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2015

29 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2016

See all articles by Dylan Drummond

Dylan Drummond

K&L Gates LLP; Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Date Written: March 1, 2015


You can’t buy a drink in or even visit the toughest bar in Texas. That’s because it was never formally established in brick and mortar but was instead an association forged by blood, bravery, and sacrifice. The toughest bar in Texas was — and still is — the “Alamo Bar Association.”

A total of 6 lawyers perished at the Alamo in March 1836: (1) Micajah Autry; (2) Peter James Bailey; (3) James Butler Bonham; (4) Daniel William Cloud; (5) Green Berry “Ben” Jameson; and (6) William Barret Travis. They ranged in age from their early 20s to their mid-40s. Only one of their number had formally earned a law degree, two had previously been opposite each other in court, and another pair may even have been second cousins.

Each trod a unique path in their journey to the Alamo, but all earned the eternal respect of future Texans and attorneys through their shared valor.

Keywords: Alamo, attorneys, lawyers, The Alamo, Crockett, Travis, Bonham, Bowie, Santa Anna

Suggested Citation

Drummond, Dylan, The Toughest Bar in Texas: The Alamo Bar Association (March 1, 2015). The Appellate Advocate, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2015, Available at SSRN:

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