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Clinton McKamy Winkler (1821-1882)

Judge, Texas Court of Appeals, 1876-1882

Clinton McKamy Winkler was born the son of a farmer October 19, 1821, in Burke County, North Carolina. His mother, a teacher's daughter, saw that he received his early education in the rural schools of the area. He moved with his family to Indiana in 1835.

Winkler arrived in the Republic of Texas in July 1840, at the age of nineteen, settling in Franklin, Robertson County, where he fought Indians and became district clerk pro tem in 1843. While serving as district clerk, Winkler studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and was elected to the district clerk post that year. He was elected to the Texas legislature in 1847, where he sponsored the act making Corsicana the county seat of the newly designated Navarro County. In 1848 he was married; he and his bride went on to have three children. He practiced law in Corsicana through the 1850s.

Winkler, a secessionist, joined the Texas army during the Civil War. As a member of the Fourth Texas Infantry, he distinguished himself in battle and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. By war's end he was a lieutenant colonel and commanded the Fourth Regiment at Appomattox. Winkler's wife died in 1861, while he was at war. In 1864 he married again, and had six children with his second wife.

Following the war, Winkler returned to Corsicana, where he became active in civic affairs, was elected judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District in 1866, and was elected to the Texas legislature in 1872. In 1876 he was elected judge of the new Texas Court of Appeals. He died in Austin on May 13, 1882, while court was in session, and was buried in Corsicana.


In Memoriam, XI Texas Criminal Reports X-XXX (1882).

Robert N. Jones, Jr. Winkler, Clinton McKamy, Handbook of Texas Online (last updated June 6, 2001).