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Carol Stoner Vance, American lawyer. Bar: Texas 1957, United States District Court (southern district) Texas 1960, United States District Court (northern district) Texas 1964, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1964, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964. Recipient Outstanding Young Man of Houston award Houston Junior Chamber of C., 1967.


Vance, Carol Stoner was born on July 26, 1933 in Beaumont, Texas, United States. Son of Carol Stoner and Fanelle (Philp) Vance.


University of Texas (Bachelor of Business Administration, 1955). University of Texas (Bachelor of Laws, 1958).


For a period Vance was a resident of the Westbury area of Houston. In 1992, Governor of Texas Ann Richards named Vance as the head of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. He served as Harris County assistant district attorney in 1958, shortly after graduating from law school, first under Dan Walton and then under Frank Briscoe.

He was appointed by Governor of Texas John Connally to fill the vacated district attorney’s spot when Frank Briscoe resigned to run for Congress in 1966 (Briscoe lost to Republican George H W Bush). At age 32, he became the second-youngest district attorney in Harris County history (only 21-year-old Peter Gray, chosen in 1842, was younger). Vance served as district attorney from 1966 until resigning in 1979.

He was unopposed in each of his elections. Some of the trials Vance was involved in, either as prosecutor or as district attorney, include the Elmer Wayne Henley/Houston mass murder case, the Joan Robinson Hill/John Hill murder cases, the Deep Throat v. Vance Supreme Court case, the Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough impeachment case, the Lee Otis Johnson marijuana possession case, the Texas Southern University riot prosecutions, and the District Judge Garth Bates case.

Vance was known for his work in running a large DA’s office and many of his contributions have been emulated by other prosecutors’ offices around the country. The prison was renamed the.


Member American Bar Association (special committee on criminal justice standards 1975-1977, council section criminal justice 1972-1979), American College Trial Lawyers, Texas Bar Association (chairman criminal law section 1969-1970), Houston Bar Association (appellate judiciary committee), Houston Bar Foundation, National College District Attorneys (founder, past chairman), Texas Bar Foundation (life), Texas Association Defense Counsel, Texas Young Lawyers Association (board directors 1963-1966, Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas award 1970), Texas District Attorney's Association (president 1969-1970), National District Attorney's Association (president 1972-1973, Outstanding District Attorney award 1972), Houston Young Lawyers' Association (president 1964), National College District Attorneys (chairman board regents 1979-1980, member board since 1973), Phi Alpha Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, golf.


Married Carolyn Ruth Kongabel, December 6, 1954. Children: Lynnell, Carroll III, Karen, Harold, Cheryl.