Ogden Bass, a lifetime resident of Brazoria County was a graduate of the very first class of the then NEW Brazosport High School in 1952, where his leadership abilities blossomed as the FIRST Student Council President. He was also football team captain and was selected as 1st TEAM center – All-District and 1st TEAM ALL-STATE. Bass went on to Texas A&M University, playing for renowned coach, Bear Bryant.
After earning his degree, Ogden went on to earn his doctorate of Jurisprudence at The University of Texas School of Law. Bass also served as a member of the Texas National Guard, achieving the rank of captain.
Bass's career as a lawyer kept him busy along with marrying his high school sweetheart and raising their family in Freeport. From serving as Brazoria County's district attorney for four consecutive terms, Ogden became Judge Ogden Bass when he was elected judge of the 300th Judicial District Court, serving three consecutive terms.
During his outstanding tenure on the bench, Judge Bass was selected as Brazoria County Judge of the Year three times and went on to become the presiding district judge. This dedicated public servant's diverse legal background also included service as assistant attorney general of Texas, and the briefing attorney to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Judge Bass has donated his talents and prodigious abilities to a wide range of professional organizations, including the Brazoria County Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, National District Attorney's Association, and the Texas Association for Court Administration.
With all of his professional service, the judge also found time in his schedule - and in his heart - to give back to our community by volunteering with:
- The Brazoria County Boy's Club
- Freeport Little League,
- Brazoria County Peace Officers Association
- Texas A&M Century Club
- First Freeport United Methodist Church
In addition, numerous other area organizations have benefited from Judge Bass's experience and leadership.
Bass, now a retired senior judge, has been known from time to time, to go to work --- on an assignment basis. Whether it be as a judge or through his many good works and deeds in our community, Ogden Bass has made a positive and lasting difference in the lives of all of us.