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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
fences and monopolistic tendencies. Although
a farmer and directly interested in
the passage of all measures favorable to agriculture
he has endeavored to take a broad
view of matters on which he has been called
to act, giving to each interest its full protection
and to all measures proper consideration.
For six years in the House he was a
member of the Finance committee, and for
two years he served as a member of the same
in the Senate. As long as he was a member
of the House he served on the committee on
Revenue and Taxation and for four years lie
served in the same body he was chairman of
the committee on Counties and County
Boundaries. In tlhe Senate he has served as
chairman of the committee on Agriculture
and as a member of Judiciary No. 1, Constitutional
Amendments, Finance, Penitentiaries
and Internal Improvements. In the
twenty-third session of the Legislature he
was a member of the Senate committees as
follows: chairman of committees on State
Affairs and Lal)or, and member of committees
on Internal Improvements, Town and
City Corporations, Roads and Bridges,
Frontier Protection. Public Printing, Agricultural
Affairs, Insurance Statistics and
History and Finance.
In the twenty-second Legislature Mr. McKinney
took advanced ground on the railroad
commission bill and alien land bill,
favoring rigid enactment in each case, and
gave his views freely to the public, both on
the public platform before the election and
on the floor of the House after he was elected.
Mr. McKinney enjoys a great deal of
popularity with the people of his district,
but it is not that fleeting, ephemeral popuilarity
so often elicited by what is called
magnetism and which not unfiequentj disappears
as mysteriously as it comes. His
followers are attached to him because they
believe in him. Knowing him to be honest
and earnest in what he does and possessed
with a reasonable capacity to intelligently
serve them, they have learned to place implicit
confidence in him and to abide cheerfully
by his action as their representative.
Mr. McKinney makes but little pretension
as a public speaker and none as a politician.
WheTi occasion demands he can set forth his
views with clearness, and does so at all
proper times, and he understands also the
necessity of organization in party politics,
but he never indulges in empty oratorical
display and does not believe in the manipu-'
lation of conventions and primaries for personal
On the 5th day of October, 1866, Mr.
McKinney married Roxy, the daughter of
Major T. A. Goodwin. To Mr. and Mrs.
McKinney two children were born -Fannie
and Mattie. The wife and mother died in
1874 and a year later he married Mrs.
Sarah J. Chappell, widow of Robert H.
Chappell and daughter of James and Elarriet
McIntyre. This lady was born June 7,
1842, in Washington county, Texas, where
she was reared and educated. To this union
five children have been born-J. Alma;
Hattie, Emma, Ethel and Carlton. The religious
connection of the family is with the
Baptist Church, in which Mr. McKinney
has for some years been Deacon and represented
his congregation a number of times
at important district and State assemblies.
R. C. AVERY, a leading farmer and
County Commissioner of Williamson
county, Texas, was born in Bastrop
county, this State, January 1, 1834. He is
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