Kilmer Corbin

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Kilmer Blaine Corbin​

Texas State Senator for
District 28​ (Twenty-four
West Texas counties)
In office
1949​ – 1957​
Preceded by Keith F. Kelly​
Succeeded by Preston Smith

Born June 18, 1919​
Lampasas County, Texas, USA

Resident of Lubbock, Texas

Died January 7, 1993 (aged 73)​
Resting place Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Alma LaMerle Scott Corbin​
Children Barry Corbin (actor)​

Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Jr.
​ Jane Corbin _____​
Leonard Ernest and Georgia L. Weaver Corbin

Alma mater Lamesa (Texas) High School​

Texas Tech UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin

Occupation Attorney

Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. (June 18, 1919 – January 7, 1993),[1] the father of actor Barry Corbin, was an attorney in Lubbock, Texas, who served as a Democrat in the Texas State Senate for District 28 for two terms from 1949 to 1957.​ ​


Corbin was the son of Leonard Ernest Corbin (1890-1965) and the former Georgia L. Weaver (1894-1921), who died when Kilmer was two years of age. Corbin resided in Lamesa in Dawson County and later moved to Lubbock, where he graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). He obtained a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and served for a time as a judge. He was married to the former Alma LaMerle Scott (1918–1994). The couple had three children, Barry, Blaine, Jr., and Jane. Corbin had been a school principal early in his career, and his wife was a teacher.[2]

Corbin's ancestors lived in Virginia and then Mississippi before they relocated in the 1920s to Lampasas County, Texas. They then moved to Lamesa (pronounced LUH MEESA), where Corbin was reared and lived the first part of his life. In the state Senate, Corbin represented a swath of twenty-four West Texas counties. He was defeated in the 1956 primary by theater owner and future Governor Preston Smith of Lubbock. Barry Corbin said that his father's defeat for a third term in the Senate soured him on elected office. Barry Corbin’s website says that Kilmer Corbin was at twenty-six the youngest state senator in 1949. However, this is disputed because Kilmer Corbin was born in 1919 and hence turned thirty in 1949.[3]

Corbin was an alternate delegate to the 1944 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago, which nominated the Franklin D. Roosevelt/Harry S Truman ticket.[4]


  1. Kilmer Blaine Corbin. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  2. Biography for Barry Corbin. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  3. Barry Corbin biography. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  4. Kilmer B. Corbin. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.

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