|Name||Jonathan Ritchey Kinnear |
|Photographer||F. LaRoche |
|Highest Rank||Sergeant |
|Unit||Co. A, 86th Illinois Infantry |
|Born||July 26, 1842 |
|Place Born||West Point, IN |
|Died||March 31, 1912 |
|Place Died||Seattle, WA |
|Buried||Lake View (Seattle) |
|Service Record||Residence Olio, IL; enlisted on 8/7/1862 as a Corporal and mustered into "A" Co. IL 86th Infantry; promoted to Sergeant; Mustered Out on 6/6/1865 at Washington, DC |
|Obit/Notes||-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, April 1, 1912, page 2, column E|
JOHN R. KINNEAR, LONG ILL, DEAD
Early Resident Succumbs Before Family Can Be Summoned
LEFT MARK ON STATE
Civil War Veteran Helped Frame Constitution, Made Laws and Led in Politics
John R. Kinnear, civil war veteran, lawyer, a member of both territorial and state legislatures and of the constitutional convention, died at 4:15 o'clock yesterday morning of paralysis. He had suffered a stroke seven years ago and a second and more severe attack in December, 1910. When the nurse, who has been in attendance on him for more than a year, noticed early yesterday morning that he was sinking, he went so rapidly that there was not enough time to summon all the members of the family before death occurred.
A widow, Mrs. Means Kinnear, who the former state senator married in Bloomington, Ill., forty-four years ago; a son, Richey[sic] M. Kinnear, of the firm of Kennear[sic] & Paul; a daughter, Miss Leata Kinnear, a brother, George Kinnear, of Seattle, and a sister, Mrs. Eliza Davidson, are the immediate surviving relatives. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the family residence, 338 Olympia place. Stevens Post, G. A. R., of which Mr. Kinnear was a former commander, will have charge of the services.
Though incapacitated for business by his last paralytic stroke, Mr. Kinnear was strong enough to be taken from his home and had planned, late Saturday night, to make a visit to the home of Frank Paul yesterday with his son, former State Senator R. M. Kinnear.
From the time J. R. Kinnear came to Washington in 1883 until he retired from the state senate in 1895, he was a prominent figure in Washington politics, narrowly missing the Republican nomination for governor at the first Republican state convention after statehood. His friends had carried King county, but the delegation from Seattle did not reach Walla Walla, the convention city, until 2 o'clock on the morning of the convention and in the meantime friends of Elisha P. Ferry, a former territorial governor, had captured a majority of the convention delegates.
Mr. Kinnear was elected to the territorial legislature a year after he settled in this state, re-elected at the end of that term and was chosen in 1888 to sit in the territorial senate. The granting of statehood prevented the meeting of the legislature, but when Washington was admitted he was elected immediately to the upper branch of the legislature, serving eight years in the senate. Subsequently his son, R. M. Kinnear, was elected to the state senate from the same district his father had represented.
Though an active and well-known attorney in Illinois, Mr. Kinnear was not active in his profession after he came to Washington, though both as a member of the legislature and in the constitutional convention his legal training won him prominence on the judiciary committees. He was chairman of the constitutional convention committee on corporations and directed the work of framing those sections which deal with corporate powers.
During the civil war Mr. Kinnear suffered from sunstroke, and indirectly that accident was responsible for his coming to Seattle. He had been compelled while in living in Illinois to leave for a Northern country during the summers to escape the intense heat of the Middle West, and in 1881 visited his brother, George Kinnear, in Seattle. His decision to move to Seattle, where extremes of heat and cold were both unknown, was formed immediately.
Mr. Kinnear was born in West Point, Ind., July 26, 1842, moving seven years later to Woodford county. His early education was in the public and private schools of Indiana, and he was completing a four-year academic course in Knox college, Galesburg, Ill., when he responded to a call for troops during the civil war. He enlisted in the Eighty-sixth Indiana volunteer infantry, serving three years and participating in Sherman's famous march to the sea. After the close of the war Mr. Kinnear studied law in the Chicago law college and practiced in Paxton, Ill., until he came to Seattle.
During the time he was in law school Mr. Kinnear wrote a history of the civil war record of his regiment and brigade, a work that has been accepted as one of the best regimental histories published for Indiana troops.
-- Funeral notice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, April 1, 1912, page 8, column D
KINNEAR - At the family residence, 338 Olympia place, March 31, 1912, John R. Kinnear, aged 69 years, member Stevens Post, G. A. R.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, under the auspices of Stevens Post, G. A. R., after which interment will be made in the family plot in Lake View cemetery.
|Subjects (TGM)||Kinnear, Jonathan Ritchey, 1842-1912--Portrait photographs|
Grand Army of the Republic. Stevens Post No. 1--People--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
|Digital Collection||Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits|
|Order Number||GAR014 |
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|Photograph Number||4.2 |
|Repository||Seattle Public Library |
|Repository Collection||Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room, Local History Collection |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned as 400 ppi TIFF on a Microtek 9800 scanner; derivatives created using Adobe Photoshop (600 pixels wide) and saved as a JPG file using Photoshop's image quality "8". Scanning performed in 1/2007. |
|Studio Location||Seattle, WA |
|Original Creator||Laroche, Frank |