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Tinley, John P.


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 7/25/2006 at 20:33:11


John P. Tinley, a well known attorney in Doon, Lyon county, whose prominence as a citizen is attested by the fact that he has been continuously the occupant of the office of Mayor of the village since 1896, and that largely without opposition; has taken a leading part in county as well as local affairs, and has shown himself a man of sound sense, wide information, and a master of his chosen calling. As a lawyer, he has been associated with many important cases, and his professional skill has been apparent not only in the ability which he has displayed in getting to the bottom facts of law and practice, and in making them tell on his side, but in his forensic presentation of his facts and principles to the court and jury. Perhaps the most important as well as interesting case with which he has been associated was the district school bond case, which he defended and saved many thousand dollars. There is much confidence in his skill and ability, and he secures a very large percentage of the business of this part of the county and state.

Mr. Tinley studied law with his brother in Council Bluffs, where he was born, and where he was admitted to the bar. For two years he practiced with his brother, but in 1892 located at Doon, where he had already purchased a beautiful home, in which he still resides with his family. There is another residence in Doon which belongs to him, and which he rents. Mr. Tinley has gathered a law library which is worthy of comparison with any in this part of the state, and of which he may feel justly proud. He is admitted to practice in all courts, from the Supreme Court of the United States down.

Mr. Tinley was married in 1892 to Miss Margaret Stair, of Council Bluffs, and the following children have come to bless this union: Beatrice, Genevieve, Gertrude, John and Patricia., Matthew H. Tinley, the father of J.P., and Rose (Dolan) Tinley, his mother, were both born in Ireland.

A portrait of John P. Tinley will be found on another page of this volume. He is a member of Camp 1916, Modern Woodmen of America, and has served his camp as venerable consul for four years. He managed the purchase of the Woodman Hall, which is also used as an opera house, and has been in charge of its operation for some four years. In his profession he is a member of the state bar association, and is vice-president of the Lyon County Bar Association.

In 1901 our subject was a candidate for nomination for Governor on the Democratic ticket.

Source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

Transcribed by Roseanna Zehner, Darlene Jacoby and Diane Johnson


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