William R. Kinyon

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William R. Kinyon
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13th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by A.R. Hall
Succeeded by John L. Gibbs
Personal details
Born February 3, 1833
Mannville, New York
Died June 2, 1904
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maryette Gillett
Children George R. Kinyon
Residence Owatonna, Minnesota
Alma mater Union College
Religion Congregationalist

William Riley Kinyon (February 3, 1833 in Mannsville, New York – June 2, 1914 in Owatonna, Minnesota was a Minnesota politician and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing Owatonna. His first year of service in the Minnesota House of Representatives was in 1868. After leaving the House as a representative, he served as Clerk of the House from 1869 to 1870. He was elected back to the body in 1874, and served as Speaker from 1875 to 1876.[1]

Educated in the district schools of Jefferson County, New York; Union Academy Belleville, NY, and graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1856. Moved to Juneau, Wisconsin in 1856 and was teacher in the public schools there for 1 year. He passed his Wisconsin Bar exam in 1858 after reading law in a law office. Moved to Owatonna in 1858 and engaged in the practice of law. William established a private bank with J.C. Easton in 1866; business was absorbed by First National Bank of Owatonna in 1871, of which William was made President and served until 1903. Commissioned Lieut. Colonel, Minnesota National Guard in 1861.[2]


Political offices
Preceded by
A.R. Hall
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1875 – 1876
Succeeded by
John L. Gibbs