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Francis Oliver McKinsey and Josephine Scott McKinsey Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2021-006-MS 228

Scope and Contents

This collection includes, essays, correspondence, pictures, diplomas, and photographs documenting Francis Oliver McKinsey and Josephine Scott McKinsey as students and professionals from 1879-1936. The bulk of the material relate to Francis and Josephine and their school work as students at Texas Christian University. These essays range from opinion pieces to Geometry and Greek examinations. There is also a large portion of the collection related to Francis McKinsey's professional life in Texas Government, these are mainly letters to other Government workers. Finally, the remainder of the collection are mixed materials such as photos and diplomas throught their time at Texas Chritian University.


  • Creation: 1879 - 1945
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920 - 1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1879 - 1882


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Oliver McKinsey was born on October 20th, 1878 in Haltom City, Texas to George and Hester McKinsey. Josephine McKinsey was born Josephine Scott on June 28th, 1864 in McKinney Texas to Enos and Sarah Scott. Both Francis and Josephine were admitted into AddRan Christian University (now Texas Christian University) and attended from 1879-1881. During this time Josephine and Francis dated and then eventually married in 1882. They had four children together. After Francis graduated he actually taught a few classes at AddRan before he embarked on his legal career. He took the bar in the early 1900's and was an active lawyer in Weatherford. Due to his rising success in 1913 he was promoted to District Judge and served as such for 16 years. During his time as a District Judge he actively worked towards and supported the Prohibition movement. He was highly regarded by his peers because of his attention to detail, firm moral standings, and intellectual honesty. By 1929 he was nominated to Governor Dan Moody to be elected for the Commission of Appeals and ultimately the Supreme Bench. During his time as a District Judge, Francis also fought against the Klu Klux Klan and often spoke out against their acts of hate, anarchy, and racism. He used his authority as District Judge to help Governor Dan Moody to stand up against the racist and destructive group. Francis died in 1935 and after his death TCU gave him and his family an honorary LLD degree to celebrate his life and dedication to law.


0.50 Linear feet

Language of Materials



In three series: Series I. Educational Essays 1879-1881; Series II. Professional Papers, 1914-1936; Series III. Assorted Pictures and School Documents.

Physical Location

Wright Storage 16B3

Guide to the Francis Oliver McKinsey and Josephine Scott McKinsey Papers
Anne Dorf
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)