Vinson Allen Collins
|Vinson Allen Collins|
|Member of the Texas Senate|
March 1, 1867|
Hardin County, Texas
|Died||July 5, 1966
|Resting place||Livingston, Texas|
|Alma mater||Sam Houston State Normal College|
|Occupation||Schoolteacher, lawyer, politician|
Vinson Allen Collins was born in Hardin County, Texas near Honey Island on March 1, 1867. He was the seventh child of Warren Collins and Eboline Valentine Collins. The Collins family had moved to Texas from Mississippi in 1854.
He graduated from Sam Houston State Normal College (now part of Sam Houston State University) in 1893.
He started his career as a schoolteacher in Big Sandy Independent School District in Polk County, Texas while studying the Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1901 and opened a law practice in Beaumont, Texas.
He served three terms in the Texas Senate (1910–1914, 1916–1917) as a Democrat. He sponsored the law that established a workers' compensation system in Texas and established the Texas Industrial Accident Board, and the law restricting work to eight hours a day. In a race for the United States House of Representatives, he was defeated by Martin Dies, Sr.. In 1924, his campaign for Governor of Texas against Felix D. Robertson and Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson was unsuccessful and Ferguson was elected.
He was married twice, first to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hopkins and later to Nannie Kuykendall. He had six children. Carr Collins, Sr., son of V.A. Collins and Lizzie Hopkins, was an insurance executive and philanthropist.
- Texas State Historical Association biography
- Johnson, Frank White, A History of Texas and Texans, 1916
- Norman D. Brown, Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921–1928 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1984).
- Obituary: Dallas Morning News, July 6, 1966