Antoine Collins

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Antoine Collins (possibly also known as Antonio and Anthony) was an early resident of territorial Florida during the antebellum period who operated the Collins Hotel and served as Escambia County Sheriff from 1847 to 1851. He also served on the city's Board of Aldermen in 1834, 1847 and 1848.[1]

In one anecdote, Uriah P. Levy, then commander of the war sloop Vandalia, was in Pensacola and called Collins "a damned blackguard," after which Collins proceeded "to wring his [Levy's] nose severely, without [Levy] making any resistance." For this, Levy was charged with cowardice by his commanding officer.[2]


  1. List of Aldermen
  2. James E. Vale. Rocks and Shoals: Naval Discipline in the Age of Fighting Sail. Naval Institute Press, 1996.