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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
a zealous Christian. They were the parents
of eleven children, four sons and seven
daughters: Mary F. is the widow of James
Pool and resides at Marlin, Falls county;
Jennie is the wife of J. W. Porter, of Burleson
county; lIattie is the wife of John Carlton,
of Milamn county; Ann is the wife of A.
M. Vandivere, of Milain county; Nathan B.
is a resident of Marlin, Falls county; Florence,
the wife of Rev. C. P. Lumpkin, of
Hill county, now deceased; Patrick H. lives
in Milam county; Mattie is the wife of J. E.
Cosby, of Abilene; Alice is the wife of J. A.
Smith, of Milamn county; Adoniram J. is a
resident of Milamn county, and Emma died
James M. McKinney was in his tenth year
when his parents moved to Texas. Ile was
reared in Milamn county, in the private and
select schools of which he received his early
education. He also attended for a few
months Soule University, at Chappel Hill,
Washington county, but left this institution
at the age of seventeen and entered the local
academy at Port Sullivan, Milani county,
where he spent, two years.
In August 1861, before he had entered his
twentieth year, he joined the confederate
army, enlisting in Company G., Captain J.
S. Rogers, Fifth Texas Infantry, commanded
by Colonel Archer. After a few months'
service in this command Mr. McKinney was
discharged, but re-enlisted in March, 1862,
becoming a member of the Seventeenth
Texas Infantry, commanded by Colonel T.
P. Allen and later by Colonel G. W. Jones.
tie was in active service from the date of
his enlistment till the surrender and took
part in a number of important engagements,
the chief of which were those following
Banks' Red river campaign. Receiving his
discharge at Hempstead, this State, in May,
1865, lie returned home, where he iminiediately
took up the pursuits of peace.
Marrying in 1866, Mr. McKinney settled
on a farm on Jones' Prairie, where ie enlgaged
in agriculture and stock-lraising, which
lie has followed steadily at that place since.
He is regarded as one of the most successful
farmers of Milam county, and one of the
largest, owning 800 acres of land lying ijn
one of the richest agricultural sections of
the county, 325 acres of which is under cultivation.
Mr. McKinney has resided in tlle
vicinity where he now lives nearly all of
his life, and, having been identified with the
best interests of the locality, lias grown to
be the most prominent and influential man
in that community. He came into general
notice first in 1884 when he was made the
nominee of the Democratic party for the
State Legislature and was elected and represented
Milain county in that body by successive
re-elections until 1890, when lie was
nominated for the State Senate and was
elected to represent the district composed of
the counties of Milam, Rolertson and Brazos.
By the reapportionment Milain county was
thrown with Falls and AMcLennan and in
November, 1892, Mr. McKinney was cliosen
to represent this district. He has thus seen
a little more than ten years of continuous
service in one branch or the other of the
Legislature, during which time he has become
familiar with the course of legislation,
has formed a wide acquaintance among
Texas legislators and politicians and has accomlplished
much lasting good for the people
whom he has been called to represent.
On all questions which have come before
the bodies of which he has been a member
he lhas always aligned himself with the most
stalwart representatives of the people, opposing
class legislation, undue corporate in
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