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Winch's Grave
Joel C. C. Winch's Headstone. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

WINCH, JOEL C. C. (1835–1880). Joel C. C. Winch, jurist, son of Joel and Sophia (Ruggles) Winch, was born in Northfield, Vermont, on December 26, 1835. He obtained his primary education in the local common schools and continued his learning through teaching and other vocations. In the mid-1850s he began to study law. He was admitted to the bar at Montpelier, Vermont, in 1858, moved to Corsicana, Texas, in 1859, and made Houston his home in 1864. In 1865 he married Minerva A. Calloway of Houston. Winch served as county attorney in Harris County and district attorney for Galveston and Harris counties, and in 1869–70 he was United States district attorney. He was United States district judge for the Eastern District of Texas in 1870–71. In July 1872 he was living in Houston, where he was active in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Winch was also actively involved in the Houston City Railroad Company, a local commuter line that he helped to incorporate. He died on December 7, 1880, after a sudden congestive attack of the stomach. His remains were returned to Northfield, Vermont, for burial.


H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–77 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas (New York: Southern, 1880). Harold Chase et al., comps., Biographical Dictionary of the Federal Judiciary (Detroit: Gale Research, 1976). Houston Daily Post, December 8, 1880.

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