Biography of William Crain Kinney
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KINNEY, WILLIAM CRANE. - Born in Cambridge, Lenawee county, Mich. Son of Sylvanus and Hannah (Crane) Kinney; of English and Irish descent. His father removed from New York to Michigan in 1835, and settled on a farm in Lenawee county, where he remained until 1864, and then removed to Adrian, Mich., where he still lives. His earliest known ahcestor was Samuel Kinney, who came to this country about 1700 and settled in Connecticut. The subject of this sketch obtained his education in the common school and high school of Adrian, Mich.; remained on his father's farm until 1856; taught school in Michigan from that time until 1859, and in Illinois during a portion of 1859 and 1860, after which he read law for one year. He enlisted in the 93rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1862, and served with his regiment during the war until 1865 as first lieutenant. He was with the army of the Tennessee in its various engagements, and for about two years did staff duty on the staffs of the different officers commanding the 3d brigade, 3d division, of the 15th army corps. At the close of the war he engaged in business in Nashville, Tenn., remaining there until 1870, during which time he served two years as alderman. He afterward removed to Kansas City, Mo., and remained there until 1872, when he came to Chicago and entered the real estate business. He became a trustee of the village of Hyde Park in 1888, and served uniil the annexation of the village to Chicago, when he was elected alderman and served until 1892. In politics he is a republican, and in matters of religion he holds liberal views. He is a member of the military order of the Loyal Legion, Veteran League, Veteran Club, Apollo Commandery, K. T., Oakland Club and Hyde Park Club. He was married in May, 1869, to Mary C. Troy, and has one son, Troy Sylvanus Kinney.

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