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WYNNS, ARCHIBALD (1809–1858). Archibald Wynns, lawyer and statesman, was born in Tennessee in 1809. He moved to Texas in 1837, settled in Houston, and opened a law office in partnership with William Lawrence. In 1841 and 1842 Wynns represented Harris County in the House of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas. He served as a private on the expedition to repulse Rafael Vásquez in the spring of 1842. Wynns returned to Houston and in 1845 was involved with the local effort to gain annexation into the Union. He was living in Harris County on July 9, 1855, when he filed a claim against the state for compensation for service on the Vásquez expedition. A year later, the filibustering expedition of Gen. William Walker attracted his attention. Wynns visited Walker in Nicaragua in the spring of 1856. He returned to Texas and urged Texans to support Walker. Wynns died in 1858.


Andrew Forest Muir, "The Free Negro in Harris County, Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 46 (January 1943). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


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