Strangers to Us All
Lawyers and Poetry

Emmett Shelton, Sr.


Photograph used with the permission of the College of Liberal Arts,
Texas State University-San Marcos
Cyndie Shelton Schmitt, Emmett Shelton's granddaugher

Emmett Shelton was a land developer, poet, storyteller, and lawyer. He practiced law in Austin, Texas and was active in state and national politics. Shelton was the original developer of West Lake Hills, west of Austin.

Shelton was born in 1905, and graduated in 1925 from Texas State University-San Marcos. In 1989 he received the university's Distiguished Alumni Award.

Shelton Family Stories


Emmett Shelton, Sr., My Austin: Remembering the Teens and Twenties (Boston, Massachusetts: American Press, 1994)

_______________, Dawn Breaks with Silent Echos (Boston, Massachusetts, American Press, 1996)