Philip Cuney

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BornMarch 15, 1807
Rapides Parish, Louisiana
DiedJanuary 8 1866
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Plantation owner
  • Politician

Philip Minor Cuney Sr. (March 15, 1807 - January 8 1866) was a plantation owner and politician in Texas. His surname was sometimes spelled Cuny. He served in the state house and senate. He had children with white wives and eight more with a "mulatto" slave named Adeline Stuart.[1] Texas Republican Party leader and banker Norris Wright Cuney was one of his sons.[2] He owned the large Sunnyside Plantation and owned many slaves.

Cuney was born in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. He moved to Texas about 1840.[2] He served as a brigadier general in the state militia.[3]

He owned slaves and with one of them had eight children who were by law also his slaves with one of them.[4]

He served in the Texas Senate from 1846 to 1849.[3]


  1. Hales, Douglas (August 14, 2000). "The Cuneys: A southern family in white and black" – via {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "TSHA | Cuney, Philip Minor".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Legislative Reference Library | Legislators and Leaders | Member profile".
  4. "A Southern Family in White and Black".

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