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 Vincent Allen “Yank” Collins

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Vincent Allen “Yank” Collins

  • Birth 1 Mar 1867 Hardin County, Texas, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 1966 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Livingston, Polk County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 67340477

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.



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  • Created by: Dace Dorough Martin
  • Added: 23 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67340477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vincent Allen “Yank” Collins (1 Mar 1867–5 Jul 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67340477, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Livingston, Polk County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dace Dorough Martin (contributor 47081985) .