MCKENNEY, ELNATHAN DURKEE
MCKENNEY, ELNATHAN DURKEE (1818–1880). Elnathan D. McKenney, lawyer and legislator, was born on November 22, 1818, in Vermont. In April 1841 he was admitted to the Missouri bar and practiced law in Missouri for a number of years. He married Tabitha Caroline Campbell on January 18, 1843, in Springfield, Missouri.
McKenney moved to Texas and settled in Hopkins County. He became involved in the politics of the day, and he and a number of other citizens intervened on the behalf of a young freed man named Europe who wanted to stay in Hopkins County in an 1854 case. They petitioned the House of Representatives, but their plea was rejected since the law did not recognize free people "of collour." In 1857 he was elected to the House of Representatives. He later served as a district attorney.
McKenney died on November 5, 1880, and is buried in Conner Cemetery in Hopkins County.
H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Connor-Conner Cemetery (http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hopkins/cemetery/connor.htm), accessed August 25, 2006. "Greene County Marriage Records" (http://www.looktothepast.com), accessed August 25, 2006. Letter on Behalf of Europe (http://www.press.uillinois.edu/epub/books/schweninger/s8.html), accessed August 25, 2006.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Stephanie P. Niemeyer, "MCKENNEY, ELNATHAN DURKEE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcke), accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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