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District Judges of Collin County

(Collin County was organized in 1846)

Dates Duration Name District No.
October 18, 1846 - October 18, 1848 2 years James L. Mills 8th
June 18, 1848 - August 16, 1850 2 years & 2 months Bennett H. Martin 9th
March 31, 1851 - October 8, 1855 5 Years & 6 months Wiliam S. Todd 8th
April 14, 1856 - April 18, 1857 1 year Nat M. Burford 16th
October 19, 1857 - October 31, 1857 12 days Ed H. Vantress 17th
April 11, 1858 - July 31, 1860 2 years & 4 months Nat M. Burford 16th
August 6, 1860 - February, 25, 1865 4 years & 7 months R. L. Waddill 20th
February 5, 1866 - September 23, 1867 1 year & 8 months W.T.G. Weaver 20th & 7th
March 23, 1868 - April 3, 1869 1 year Hardin Hart 7th
November 7, 1870 - April 15, 1876 5 years & 5 months Wilson H. Andrews 7th
April 1, 1876 - ? Less than 1 year Green J. Clark 8th
February 14, 1877 - January 7, 1878 11 months Joseph Bledsoe 27th
February 16, 1878 - June 17, 1878 4 months R.R.Gaines 6th
June 18, 1878 - July 26, 1882 4 years & 4 months Joseph Bledsoe 27th
January 1, 1883 - June 7, 1886 3 years & 5 months Richard Maltbie 27th & 15th
January 3, 1887 - February 28, 1890 3 years & 2 months H.O. Head 15th
June 20, 1890 - July 30, 1892 2 years & 1 month P.B. Muse 15th
January 2, 1893 - February 25, 1893 2 months T.J. Brown 15th
October 16, 1893 - September 29, 1902 8 years & 11 months J.E. Dillard 40th

59th Judicial District Court - Collin & Grayson Counties - created in 1903

Dates

Duration

Name District No.
March 2, 1903 less than 1 month W. T. Beverly 59th
April 3, 1903 - November 29, 1913 10 years & 8 months J.M. Pearson 59th
February 2, 1914 - August 23, 1918 4 years & 7 months M.H. Garnett 59th
September 16, 1918 - November 25, 1938 20 years and 2 months F.E. Wilcox 59th
January 16, 1939 - June 1, 1944 5 years & 4 months Tom Suggs 59th
June 1, 1944 - December 31, 1964 20 years & 7 months W.C. Dowdy 59th
January 1, 1965 - January 31, 1975 10 years & 1 month David H. Brown 59th
February 1, 1975 - March 31, 1977 2 years & 2 months William Elliott 59th

The 59th had jurisdiction in both Grayson and Collin County until 1977; thereafter jurisdiction was solely in Grayson County.

Current District Courts

199th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 1971

September 1, 1971 - December 31, 1980, (9 years & 4 months) - Tom Ryan

January 1, 1981 - November 24, 1997, (16 years & 11 months) - John R. Roach

January 5, 1998 - April 30, 2012, (14 years, 4 months) - Robert T. Dry, Jr.

May 1, 2012 - June 29, 2012 - Vacant

June 29, 2012 - present (1 year,   ) - Angela Tucker

219th Judicial District Court- Collin County - created in 1977

April 1, 1977 - January 4, 1986, (8 years & 10 months) - John McCraw, Jr.

February 7, 1986 - August 15, 1988, (2 years & 6 months) - Richard Schell

August 22, 1988 - October 4, 2010 (22 years & 2 months) - Curt B. Henderson

October 5, 2010 - present ( 3 years, ) - Scott Becker

296th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 1981

September 1, 1981 - December, 31, 1996, (16 years)- Verla Sue Holland

January 1, 1997 - December 31, 2006 (10 years) - Betty Caton

January 1, 2007 - present, ( 6 years, ) - John R. Roach, Jr.

366th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 1989

September 29, 1989 - December 31, 2006 (17 years, 3 months) - Nathan E. White, Jr.

January 1, 2007 - August 31, 2009 (2 years, 8 months) - Gregory Brewer

September 1, 2009 - October 1, 2009  - Vacant

October 2, 2009 - present - Ray Wheless ( 4 years, )

380th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 1996

November 21, 1996 - December 31, 2008 (12 years, 1 month) - Charles Sandoval

January 1, 2009 - November 28, 2011 (2 years, 11 months) - Suzanne Wooten

November 28, 2011 - August 9, 2012 (255 days ) Vacant

August 10, 2012 - present (1 year,   ) - Benjamin N. Smith

401st Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 2000

September 1, 2000 - present, (13 years, ) - Mark Rusch

416th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 2003

October 24, 2003 - present (10 years, ) - Chris Oldner

417th Judicial District Court - Collin County - created in 2004

September  25, 2004 - present (9 years, ) - Cynthia Wheless

429th Judicial District Court - created in 2009

January 1, 2009 - present (4 years, ) - Jill Willis

 


Longest serving district judges in Collin County

Curt B. Henderson 219th Judicial District Court 22 years, 2 months*
W. C. Dowdy 59th  Judicial District Court 20 years, 7 months
F. E. Wilcox 59th  Judicial District Court 20 years, 2 months
Nathan E. White, Jr 366th Judicial District Court 17 years, 3 months****
John R. Roach 199th Judicial District Court 16 years, 11 months **
Verla Sue Holland 296th Judicial District Court 16 years  ***

Footnotes
* Curt B. Henderson also served as Judge of the County Court at Law of Collin County from February 10, 1986 to August 22, 1988. Including that term of service he served as a trial judge for 24 years, 8 months. 
**  John R. Roach also served on the Court of Appeals from November 24, 1997 to June 30, 2001. Including that term of service he had combined judicial service of 20 years 6 months.
***  Verla Sue Holland also served as Judge of the County Court at Law June 4, 1997 to September 1, 1981 and on the Court of Criminal Appeals from January 1, 1997 to September 2, 2001. Including those terms of service she had combined judicial service of 22 years 3 months.
****Nathan E. White, Jr. also served as County Judge of Collin County from January 1, 1975 - December 31, 1982, and County Treasurer from 1983-1985

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