Joe McDonald Ingraham

b. 5 July 1903, d. 27 May 1990
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
Underwood and Allied Families
Joe Ingraham
     Joe McDonald Ingraham was born on 5 July 1903 in Blackburn, Pawnee County, Oklahoma.1 He married Laura Louise Munson, daughter of George Poindexter Munson Sr. and Louise Underwood, on 29 October 1954 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.2,3 He died on 27 May 1990 in Houston at age 86.1,4
     Joe Ingraham received a law degree in 1927 from the National University (now George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) Law School in Washington, D.C. He practiced law for a short time in Stroud, Oklahoma, and for several years in Fort Worth, before moving to Houston in 1935. He was an officer in the Army Air Corps in World War II and achieved the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. He practiced law in Houston until 1954 when he received an appointment as United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.5

     Judge Ingraham was the presiding judge at the Mohammed Ali draft dodging trial. On 20 June 1967, the jury returned a guilty verdict and Judge Ingraham sentenced Ali to the maximum allowed - five years and a $10,000 fine. He also stripped him of his passport.

     Honorable Joe Ingraham was sworn in as United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit on 31 December 1969 in Houston.5,2

     After Joe and Chichi married they made their home in Houston, but enjoyed spending time at their beach house at Surfside near Freeport. They had no children.


  1. [S29] Joe Ingraham, no. 460-07-3590, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb (Provo: Inc., 2005). The SSDI component of RootsWeb is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  2. [S9] Personal recollection of the writer, Laura M. Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St., Arlington, Texas).
  3. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas:, 1987), 161.
  4. [S31] Texas Department of Health Death Records, 1964-1998, online <>.
  5. [S98] Houston Bar Association, "Honorable Joe Ingraham Elevated to Fifth Circuit", Houston Lawyer (January 1970): 13.