Prendergast, Albert Collins (1853–1922)

By: Beryl V. Bowen

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

Albert Collins Prendergast, lawyer, legislator, and judge, was born in Springfield, Texas, on February 19, 1853, the son of Mary E. (Collins) and Davis M'Gee Prendergast. He graduated from Trinity University in 1874, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Limestone County for about seven years. On November 2, 1876, he married Lillion L. Conoly at Kosse; they became the parents of five children. Prendergast moved to Waco in 1884 and for seven years practiced law in partnership with Waller S. Baker. Prendergast served as president of the Waco school board from 1893 to 1911. He represented the Sixty-second District in the House of the Twentieth Legislature, where he served as chairman of the committee on constitutional amendments. He was appointed by Governor Thomas M. Campbell to a judgeship in the Court of Criminal Appeals on January 9, 1911, and elected to the office in November 1912 for a six-year term. From June 27, 1913, to December 31, 1918, he was chief justice of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Prendergast was a Democrat, a Presbyterian, and a member of the Texas and the American bar associations. He died in Waco on January 6, 1922, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Beryl V. Bowen, “Prendergast, Albert Collins,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 29, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995