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James William Kinnear

J.W. Kinnear
Full Name: James William Kinnear
Birth date: April 6, 1872
Death date: November 19, 1959

Terms of Service

  • House, 41st Legislature
    1/8/1929 - 1/13/1931
  • House, 40th Legislature
    1/11/1927 - 1/8/1929
  • House, 39th Legislature
    1/13/1925 - 1/11/1927

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • "A young school teacher at the time, J.W. Kinnear" quoted in "Old-Timers Say 'Never Been Anything Like Spindletop," 1/20/1951, p. 9, with artist Milton Turner's drawings of the oil derricks and tank battery at the Spindletop oil field. Abilene Reporter-News .
  • Quoted in "Fabulous Prices on Leases Came with Spindletop," 12/24/1944, p. 13, about the history of the Spindletop oil gusher. "He is J.W. Kinnear, tax assessor-collector for the South Park School District, a position he has held for 29 years. 'Within 30 minutes after the [sic] blew in, I was there,' Kinnear relates. 'It was a mighty sight and its great roar made many fearful that the earth would cave in.' He was almost the owner of a tract on Spindletop when the well came in." Big Spring Daily Herald .
  • Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records, James W. Kinnear interview and transcript [part 1 of 2], Reel 107a, "Kinnear discusses teaching school and oil-field work in Beaumont area; life in Spindletop, Sour Lake, Batson, and Saratoga; and tax assessing at Spindletop." James William Kinnear, birth date 4/6/1872. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin 2006.
  • Census of 1930 - James W. Kinnear, Jefferson County, age 58, born circa 1872 in Illinois, tax collector, spouse Mary I., sons Clarence W., Leland P., William M., Doyle F., and Robert C. FamilySearch .
  • James William Kinnear, birth date 4/6/1872 in Hamilton County, Illinois; death date 11/19/1959 in Beaumont; retired tax collector, South Park Ind. School Dist. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • James William Kinnear, birth date 4/6/1872, death date 11/19/1959, burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Jefferson County, spouse Mary Ione Crouch Kinnear. Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, "Who's Who and What's What in the Texas Legislature," by Ed Kilman, 1/22/1929, p. 7. Houston Post-Dispatch .
  • J.W. Kinnear mentioned in interview with grandson Robert C. 'Bob' Kinnear, Jr. "Lasting Legacies: Generations Build for the Future," Cardinal Cadence, Summer 2004. "The elder Kinnear’s career continued from school teacher to tax assessor to Texas state representative (16th Legislative District, 1925-29) where he worked to pass legislation to facilitate state funding for junior colleges. That legislation paved the way for the creation of South Park Junior College – the predecessor to Lamar University – in 1923." Lamar University .
  • 39th Legislature (1925) - James W. Kinnear, postoffice Beaumont, nativity Illinois, age 52, school district tax assessor and collector.
    40th Legislature (1927) - J.W. Kinnear, postoffice Beaumont, nativity Illinois, age 54, oil business.
    41st Legislature (1929) - J.W. Kinnear, postoffice Beaumont, Box 766, nativity Illinois, age 58, accountant. Texas Legislative Manual . 39th 40th
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