McFaddin, Allen Minor (1863–1930)

By: Rosine McFaddin Wilson

Type: Biography

Published: April 1, 1995

Updated: January 24, 2020

Allen Minor McFaddin, rancher, was born on August 7, 1863, in Galveston County, Texas, son of Margaret (Coward) and James A. McFaddin. He married Ada Pettus of Goliad in 1888, joined his father in ranching in Victoria County, and was one of the first ranchers to urge the use of Brahman cattle in breeding programs. With others such as Abel P. Borden and James Sartwelle he crossbred Brahmans and was a consultant to the King Ranch in its breeding program. He was a founder of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and was its first president in 1912–13. He served a term in the Texas legislature and was on the Livestock Sanitary Commission (now the Texas Animal Health Commission). He was a director of the Victoria National Bank and worked in the 1920s with W. C. Tyrrell in the Heywood Oil Company at Spindletop oilfield in Jefferson County. McFaddin died on May 31, 1930, in Victoria and was buried there. On his death all public offices and business houses in Victoria closed, and the district court in session in Cuero adjourned so that its members could attend the funeral.

Mary Whatley Clarke, "Big Hearted `Mr. Al': Favorite Victoria Son," Cattleman, February 1952.

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

Rosine McFaddin Wilson, “McFaddin, Allen Minor,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995
January 24, 2020