Texas Maker: the heretofore unknown legend of Collin McKinney. Texas has many legendary heroes. Most people have never heard of one of them. But in his time, Collin McKinney was one of the most beloved, respected and honored statesman in the Lone Star State. Texas Maker is the story of McKinney, a humble yet steel-willed man who, through his long life spanning the American Revolution to the Civil War, helped guide Texas through independence, the formation of a republic, statehood, to the brink of the Civil War. He was one of five men tasked with drafting the Texas Declaration of Independence.