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William Meredith Holland
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1875
Death: Mar. 11, 1966

Mayor of Dallas, Texas 1911-1915
He was the first Dallas native to become mayor.

Judge Holland Dies at 90

Judge William M. Holland, 90, an attorney who in 1911 become the first native Dallasite to head his city as mayor, died Friday night at Baylor Hospital.

The former judge of Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 1, took office as mayor at the age of 36 and served during the critical days when Dallas began to grow into the important city it is today.

Under Judge Holland's administration, the city built in the first Parkland Hospital, the present City Hall, White Rock Lake, and the first sewage disposal and water purification plants.

He is also credited with easing the city's first big traffic problems in the downtown area and for providing adequate parks and recreations areas for those years.

Often called the "boy-mayor," Judge Holland served two terms as mayor under the old commission plan of government. He returned to private law practices in 1915 and continued until 1960.

He attended the University of Texas and graduated from the George Washington University School of Law. He was a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church, the American, Texas and Dallas Bar Associations, the Masonic Lodge and Hella Tempa Shrine.

(Source: Dallas Morning News, 12 March 1966, pg 1D, also see pg 14A)

Parents: William Colter Holland and Sarah Jones Saffell
Family links: 
  William Colter Holland (1837 - 1918)
  Sarah Jones Saffell Holland (1839 - 1909)
  Frances Elnora Beggs Holland (1882 - 1960)
  Sara Meredith Holland (1911 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 4, Lot 3
Created by: Barbara Ware
Record added: Feb 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33696897
William Meredith Holland
Added by: Barbara Ware
William Meredith Holland
Added by: Barbara Ware
William Meredith Holland
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