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From: Peter A. Kincaid< >
Subject: John Henry Kinkead [Repost]
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 14:44:13 -0400

Hello K-Fen members!

The following is a profile of John Henry Kinkead
who was the third governor of Nevada and first
governor of the district of Alaska.

Kinkead, John Henry, third state governor of Nevada
(1879-83), was born at Smithfield (now known as
Somerville), Somerset co., Pa., Dec. 10, 1826, son of
James S. Kinkead. His father was an engineer and
contractor on the old national turnpike road, following
its construction from Baltimore county, Md., to Zanesville,
Muskingum co., O., building all or nearly all the bridges
on the line, the material used being stone. One constructed
at Smithfield, on the Youghiogheny, was in as good condition
a few years ago as when constructed in 1818. The family
removed to Zanesville, in 1829, and thence to Lancaster,
where John received his education at the high school, an
institution of some repute at the time. From school he
went into business, removing in 1844 to St. Louis, Mo.,
where he became a salesman in a large jobbing dry-goods
store. In 1849 he formed a partnership with J. W.
Livingston, and the young men established themselves in
Salt Lake City, there building up a large trade in dry-goods.
He removed to California in 1854, engaged in various
pursuits and finally settled in Marysville, but two years
later went back to the East and tried mercantile business
in New York city. Returning to Marysville in the winter
of 1856-57, he met with one reverse after another. The
discovery of the great silver mines in the Washoe region,
at that time a part of Utah territory, led to a large emigration
from California and Mr. Kinkead was one of the many
who hoped to retrieve their fortunes in a new centre of
population. Making Carson City his place of residence,
he was active in the movement to create the commonwealth
of Nevada, and when, in 1861, the territory was formed from
the western part of Utah, he was elected territorial treasurer.
He was a member of the convention which framed the present
constitution of the state. In 1867 he went to Alaska with the
"occupancy" expedition, and witnessed the transfer of the
territory to the United States. He remained there nearly
three years, in business in Sitka; then returned to Nevada,
engaging in mercantile, mining and milling business in Humboldt
and Lander counties. In 1878 he was elected governor by the
Republican party and at the end of his term was offered a
re-election, but declined it. In 1884 Pres. Arthur appointed
him governor of the newly created district of Alaska, but
in 1885 he returned to Carson City. Gov. Kinkead was
married at Marysville, Cal., Jan. 1, 1856, to Lizzie, daughter
of John C. Fale.

Source: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography:
Being the History of the United States as illustrated in the
lives of the founders, builders, and defenders of the Republic,
and of the men and women who are doing the work and
moulding the thought of the present time. Volume XI.
Copyright, 1901, 1909 bt James T. White & Company.
Ann Arbour, Michigan: University Microfilms A Xerox
Company, 1967. Page 201.

See ya..

Peter A. Kincaid
Sussex, NB, Canada

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