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Weatherred, William Wallace (1841–1897)

Jeanette H. Flachmeier Biography Entry

William Wallace Weatherred, lawyer, judge, and legislator, son of Robert and Martha Washington (Maum) Weatherred, was born at Clarksville, Texas, on October 26, 1841. In the 1850s he moved to Daingerfield, where his parents opened a boarding school. After attending school in Lebanon, Tennessee, he returned to Fort Worth to work in the county clerk's office. He served in the Confederate Army in Hood's Texas Brigade until he received a furlough on January 26, 1865, and returned to Fort Worth. He soon moved to Sabine County, where he married Mrs. Sarah Eliza Williams Oliphant. He taught school and was district clerk of Sabine County until removed from office as an impediment to Reconstruction. He was admitted to the bar at Center on November 16, 1871, and practiced law at Milam and later at Hemphill. In 1880 he was appointed district judge by Governor O. M. Roberts. Weatherred represented the Second District in the Senate of the Seventeenth Legislature, serving on the committee of education and on the committee which drafted the bill for building the state Capitol. He was appointed a deputy marshal by John Ireland. Weatherred moved to Hillsboro in 1895 and practiced law there with H. B. Short until his death in February 1897. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery at Hillsboro.

H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–77 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Dionysus Maum, W. W. Weatherred).


  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Lawyers
  • General Law
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • Senate
  • State Legislators
  • Seventeenth Legislature (1881-1882)

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

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, “Weatherred, William Wallace,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed February 25, 2021,

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