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Joel C. C. Winch (December 26, 1835 – December 7, 1880) was a United States federal judge for a short term of service.

Born in Northfield, Vermont was a teacher there and read law in 1858. He was in private practice in Corsicana, Texas from 1859 to 1864, and then in Houston, Texas. During that time, he served as county attorney for Harris County, Texas and as a district attorney for the State of Texas, in Austin, Texas. He was a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 1869 to 1870.

Winch was a federal judge. On October 11, 1870, Winch received a recess appointment from President Ulysses Grant to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas vacated by John C. Watrous. Formally nominated on December 15, 1870; Winch was not confirmed by the United States Senate, and his service was terminated on March 3, 1871.

He resumed his private practice in Houston until his death there in 1880.


  • Joel C. C. Winch at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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