Biography of James M. McKinney
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





McKinney, James Monroe, an old and prominent resident of Lansing, is a native of this town, born on the farm he now owns, January 22, 1820, a son of Jesse, who came to Lansing at the age of about twelve, from New Jersey, his native State. The latter had but limited advantages of education, but he improved his opportunities, and became a prominent man in his community, having served sixteen years as justice of the peace, and in 1840 he was elected member of Assembly, on the Whig ticket. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Christina Brown of Dryden, and they had eleven children; Jesse died in 1862 aged seventy two years, and his wife in 1864 aged sixty eight. Our subject, who was the second child, was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools, and in 1843, at the age of twenty three, he went to Michigan, and took up 260 acres of land, where he lived nine years, but was forced to return to the old home, on account of malaria, and here he has ever since resided. At the death of his father he came into possession of one half of the original tract of homestead. While in Michigan Mr. McKinney was one of the organizers of the school in his locality, was inspector of schools, and justice of the peace. On Mr. McKinney's farm is the McKinney Station, of which our subject is station agent, having filled that position for twenty years. He has two children: James H. and Mary Josephine. His second marriage was with Sarah L. Fisk, of Chicago, Ill., in 1877.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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