McKinney, Buckner Abernathy (1872–1939)

By: Claudia Hazlewood

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Buckner Abernathy McKinney, lawyer and banker, the son of Thomas C. and Katherine (Abernathy) McKinney, was born at McKinney, Texas, on January 16, 1872. After his father's death he was reared by his mother and her stepfather, Charles Carlton, the head of Carlton College. McKinney worked on the Bonham News as a printer's devil before he began to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and practiced law at Bonham, where he served as city attorney and as county clerk of Fannin County. On September 12, 1906, he married Lucile Geers of Denton. He became a banker at Dallas and also headed banks in Oklahoma. In 1922 he became governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, from which he resigned in 1926 to become a member of the Federal Advisory Banking Council and to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. In 1931 he again became governor of the Dallas bank; the title was changed to president in 1935. McKinney was an enthusiastic collector of Texana and a member of the executive council of the Texas State Historical Association. He died in Dallas on April 2, 1939.

Dallas Morning News, April 3, 1939. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5.


  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Lawyers
  • General Law


  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas

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

Claudia Hazlewood, “McKinney, Buckner Abernathy,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 04, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

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