KINSLEY, HERBERT M. - Born in Canton, Mass., September 18, 1831. His education was received in his native town,
where he remained until he was eighteen years old. He then went to Springfield, Mass., where he was employed for
a time as a store boy, and later went to Boston to work in a hosiery establishment. At the end of two years he
removed to Baltimore, and during the next two years was bookkeeper in the office of the Baltimore Patriot. After
leaving Baltimore Mr. Kinsley first entered upon the business in which he has since become so famous, that of caterer.
He took charge of the Woodruff House in Cincinnati, which he managed for one year, coming to Chicago the following
year, 1857. He entered the old City Hotel as clerk, and afterward went to Brantford, Canada, and taking charge
of the Kirby House managed it for one year. Then, in company with John A. Rice, he became the proprietor of the
Anglo-American at Hamilton, Canada, the firm name being Rice & Kinsley. During his management of this house
he gave a ball to the Price of Wales in 1859, the splendor of which attracted comments from the entire press throughout
the British possessions, and was one of the most elaborate receptions ever held in the Province. Returning to Chicago
in 1860 Mr. Kinsley entered the Tremont House as clerk, and was afterward connected with the Sherman House as steward.
Later on, he became the manager of the Revere House, and left there in the winter of 1864 to superintend the fitting
up of the Crosby Opera House restaurant, which he occupied the following spring. He became a leading caterer of
Chicago, and for many years his establishment on Washington street, between State and Dearborn, was the fashionable
resort of the city. In 1885 he built and occupied his present magnificent quarters on Adams street. Mr. Kinsley
was married in 1853 to Miss Angie M. Gilman, of Baltimore. They have three daughters, Frances, now the wife of
Charles L. Hutchinson; Clara, the wife of Robert G. Clarke, and Emily, the wife of Gustav Bauman. December, 1891,
Mr. Kinsley opened the Holland House, corner of Fifth avenue and Thirtieth street, New York. Mr. Bauman is associated
with Mr. Kinsley in both the Chicago and New York en terprises. Mr. Kinsley is a member of the Washington Park
Club and the Athletic Association of Chicago, the Lotus Club of New York and the Stamford Yacht Club of Stamford,
Conn., where he has a country place.
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
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Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906