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MCCLAIN, A. W. (?–?). A. W. McClain was a partner of James McNair as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. The two received title to a league of land on the east bank of the Colorado River in what is now southern Colorado County on July 24, 1824. McClain voted in the alcalde election in January 1825 but wrote Austin on January 30, 1825, that he had been in the colony for seventeen months, had not yet secured the land of his choice, and would leave the colony if Austin did not mean to let him have his land. McClain was listed as a tanner in the census of December 1825; in March 1826 he was classified as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

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