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William T. Phillips (1912-1987)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1976-1980

William T. Phillips was born December 14, 1912, in Waco, Texas. He attended Baylor University, where he earned a B.A. in 1935, and an LL.B. in 1937. He was admitted to the bar in 1937. Phillips was married and had a daughter.

Phillips had practiced general law in Waco for thirty-nine years when, at the age of sixty-three, he made an unexpected run for a seat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Although his opponents criticized his lack of experience in criminal law, he won the election in a runoff against Court of Criminal Appeals commissioner, Carl Dally.

Phillips served on the court until 1980, and returned to Waco, where he died of a stroke on November 19, 1987, at the age of seventy-four.


Memorial, 51 Texas Bar Journal 873 (September 1988).

Phillips, W. T., vertical file. Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Legal Directory (Los Angeles: Legal Directories Pub. Co., 1978).