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The Fearless Fifty-Nine, Collin McKinney

Collin McKinney was the 70 year old Pecan Point and vicinity representative. In his early years, McKinney had to support his family while his father fought in the Revolutionary War. While living in Tennessee, he managed the estates of Senator George W. Campbell from 1818 to 1821 and operated a trading post. McKinney and many of his relatives moved to Miller County, Arkansas which was also claimed by Texas. At the Convention, he was one of the five appointed to draft the Declaration. As the oldest member of the convention he was given the pen after signing. He was also a member that produced the Constitution. He became a representative in Texas Congress from 1836 to 1840. Collin County and McKinney, the county seat, was named in his honor.