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KINZIE, John Harris, pioneer, born in Sand-with, Canada, 7 July, 1803; died on the Pittsburg and Fort Wayne railroad, 21 June, 1865. He is the son of John Kinzie (vol. iii., p. 552), removed with his father to Chicago, Illinois, in 1803, and in 1816 settled in Detroit, Michigan. He became a clerk in the employ of the American fur company in 1818, was proficient in many Indian languages, and in 1829 was government agent for all the northwestern Indians. He returned to Chicago in 1834, was first president of the village, register of public lands in 1841, mid receiver of public money in 1849. He was made paymaster in the United States army in 1861, and in 1865 was brevetted lieutenant-colonel. Colonel Kinzie was the first president of the Chicago historical society, and built the first Episcopal church in that city.--His wife, Juliette Augusta, author, born in Middletown, Connecticut, 11 September, 1806; died in Amagansett, Long Island, New York, 15 September, 1870, was the daughter of Arthur W. Magill. She married Mr. Kinzie in 1830, accompanied him to Port Winnebago, Wisconsin, and subsequently to Chicago. She was the author of "Waubun, or the Early Day in the Northwest," a history of Chicago (New York, 1856), and two posthumous novels, entitled "Walter Ogilby" (Philadelphia, 1869) and "Mark Logan" (1876).
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