James A. Pinney

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James A. Pinney
Mayor of Boise, Idaho Territory
In office
July 11, 1881 – July 20, 1885
Preceded by Charles P. Bilderback
Succeeded by Sol Hasbrouck
Mayor of Boise, Idaho Territory (Boise, Idaho, after July 1890)
In office
July 15, 1889 – July 15, 1893
Preceded by Peter J. Pefley
Succeeded by Peter Sonna
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
In office
July 20, 1905 – April 6, 1907
Preceded by James H. Hawley
Succeeded by John M. Haines
Personal details
Born (1835-09-29)September 29, 1835[1]
Franklin County, Ohio
Died February 4, 1914(1914-02-04) (aged 78)[2]
Boise, Idaho

James Alonzo Pinney (September 29, 1835 – February 4, 1914) served as mayor of Boise, Idaho Territory (later Boise, Idaho) in the late 19th century and early 20th century. He is the only person in the city's history to serve as mayor three nonconsecutive times and win election as mayor five times.

Pinney was Boise mayor when Idaho Territory became the U.S. state of Idaho in July 1890.

Pinney was passionate about the arts. In his lifetime he owned a bookstore and two theaters. His first theater, The Columbia Theater, was founded in 1882. When The Columbia was torn down in 1908, Pinney replaced it with a five story theater dubbed The Pinney Theater.


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  2. ^ Sue Paseman and Ann Felton. "Father of Modern Boise: James Alonzo Pinney". Mayoral Albums: Portraits of the Boise Mayors. Retrieved 11 February 2011.