|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1867|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1966|
Vinson (Actually Vincent) A. Collins, 99, Political Figure, Dies
Vinson (Should be Vincent) Allen Collins, 99 a former state senator who once was a prominent figure in Texas politics, died here Tuesday.
Mr. Collins, father of Dallas insurance man and civic leader, Carr P Collins Sr., was also chairman of the board of regents of the Texas State Teachers College.
Collins had been active in law practice in Dallas, Beaumont and Livingston, Polk, County, putting in an average of 10 hours a day at his desk, until retirement in 1957.
A native of the "big thickett" area near Honey Island in Hardin County, he represented Southeast Texas as a senator from 1910 to 1914 and again from 1916 to 1918. In 1913 he wrote the original workmen's compensation law which still is the basic labor law of Texas.
Twice a candidate for congressman from District 2, he was runner-up in a 6-man race won by Martin Dies Sr. In 1924 he made an unsuccessful race for governor, placing sixth in a field of 9, which included Mrs. Miriam A "Ma" Ferguson.
After teaching school in Big Sandy, Polk County, he attended Sam Houston State Normal College in Huntsville, graduating cumlaude in 1893. In 1901 he passed the bar examination.
Other survivors include sons, Hal Collins and Jack Collins of Dallas and W.K. Collins of Houston: two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Foster of Fort Worth and Mrs. Allene Bergman of Livingston: 13 grandchildren: 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Baptist Church of Livingston. Burial will be in Livingston Cemetery.
Nancy Ann Kuykendall Collins (1881 - 1960)
Allene Collins Bergman (1904 - 1994)*
Warren Kirk Collins (1906 - 1984)*
Lillian Mae Collins Lyell (1907 - 1997)*
Jack Dies Collins (1910 - 1992)*
Forest Hill Cemetery
Created by: Dace Dorough Martin
Record added: Mar 23, 2011
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