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Henry Lawrence Kinney Henry Lawrence Kinney
Full Name: Henry Lawrence Kinney
Date of birth: June 3, 1814
Date of death: March 3, 1862

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 65 Nov 7, 1859 - Feb 9, 1861 8th (1)     Corpus Christi / Nueces   Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio
S 25 Nov 15, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (2) (3) (4)     Corpus Christi / Nueces   Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Webb
S 19 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (5) (6)     Corpus Christi / Nueces   Goliad, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio
S 19 Elected but never sworn 2nd (7) (8) (9) (10)   1st (11) (12) (13)     Corpus Christi / Nueces   Goliad, Refugio, San Patricio
(1) Alfred Hobby, sworn 3/19/1861, succeeded Henry L. Kinney, resigned 2/9/1861. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/15/1851, p. 72. "Mr. Henry L. Kinney, Senator elect from District No. 25, composed of the counties of Nueces, Webb, San Patricio and Refugio, presented his credentials, took the oath prescribed by the constitution, and his seat." Senate Journal.
(4) Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, Contested election of L.M. Rogers and Henry L. Kinney [report], Nov. 17, 1851. Investigation into contested election between L.M. Rogers and H.L. Kinney for senator, 25th senatorial district. Senate Journal.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) Kinney elected to 2nd Legislature, but never sworn. Not present at organization of the Senate 12/13/1847. No record of Kinney taking the oath of office in 2nd Legislature. Kinney appointed to Senate committees, 12/15/1847, p. 19. Senate Journal.
(8) Kinney was "elected to the Senate of the 2nd Legislature, but before taking his seat resigned in order to see what might be gleaned from the Mexican War, already in progress," pp. 167-168. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(9) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(10) Edward Fitzgerald, sworn 2/5/1848, and resigned 3/20/1848, succeeded Henry L. Kinney, resigned before 12/18/1847. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(11) 1st Legislature - 2/16/1846, p. 4. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following members appeared and took their seats...on motion of Mr. Grimes, the Senators came forward and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution." Senate Journal.
(12) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "second class" (4-year term). Senate Journal.
(13) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 119-120. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • KINNEY COUNTY named for Henry Lawrence Kinney. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 167. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in NUECESTOWN, TEXAS. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Description of founding of Corpus Christi by Henry L. Kinney, Corpus Christi, pp. ix-xi. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Mentioned in Ralph A. Wooster, "Membership in the Early Texas Legislatures, 1850-1860," October 1965, pp. 163-173. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • KINNEY, HENRY LAWRENCE (1814-1862). Helped found Corpus Christi. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Henry Lawrence Kinney, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Internal Improvement  
    Military Affairs  
    Public Grounds and Public Buildings  
    State Affairs  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Claims and Accounts  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Internal Improvements  
    Militia  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Federal Relations  
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    Purchase of Northwestern Territory, Governor's Message  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Indian Affairs  
    Militia  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    1st R.S. - 1846
    Joint Rules  
    Military Affairs  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Rules, Select  
     

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