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W. C. ("Bill") Davis (1922-1993)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1978-1990

Born September 13, 1922, W. C. "Bill" Davis attended Texas A&M during the summers of 1941 and 1942. Like that of many of his contemporaries, Davis' education was interrupted by World War II. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, including one year in the European theater. Following his military service, Davis entered Baylor University, earning his LL.B. in 1948. He was married and the father of a son.

Davis was admitted to the Texas bar in 1948, and practiced law privately in Bryan, the county seat of Brazos County, until 1955. He served as judge of the Bryan Municipal Court from 1955 to 1959, and as Brazos County Judge from 1959 to 1967. That year he was appointed judge of the 85th Judicial District. He was elected to an unexpired term on the same court in 1969, and was reelected to full terms in 1970 and 1974.

Davis was appointed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals by Gov. Dolph Briscoe in 1978, was elected to a full term later that year, and was reelected in 1984. He retired in 1990, ending a thirty-five year career of judicial service.

W. C. Davis died of cancer on April 5, 1993, at the age of seventy.


Memorial, 56 Texas Bar Journal 1068 (November 1993).

52 Texas Bar Journal 927 (September 1989).