was born in Towanda,
Bradford Co., PA on June 4,
1828 to the parents of Byron and Wealthy (Gore) Kingsbury. There were
children born into this family of which, four died in infancy.
William moved to Minnesota where
was elected to the
legislature representing St. Louis County in 1856. Kingsbury Creek in
county was named after William, who owned land and a cabin along its
was elected to the Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives in
was holding that position when Minnesota was admitted to the Union in
the Dakota Territory was a part of Minnesota before the boundaries were
changed, William was also their first delegate to the House of
as well. A protest was launched when the boundaries changed proclaiming
was no longer a resident of Dakota, but he would remain as their
About the time his father died in 1859 William moved back to Pennsyvania, perhaps to help his mother, because he is shown living with her on the 1860 census of Towanda.
a part of the first conferees of
democratic conference of the 13th
congressional district of
PA. The meeting was held at
the Ward House
Tunkhannock, Wyoming County on Friday, the 19th
He was also the Senatorial delegate at the Democratic State Convention
Harrisburg on June 17, 1863. On the 1880 Bradford County census, his
was listed as a clerk for Senator Wallace.
William moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1887 where he worked in real estate and the mercantile business. He died there on April 17, 1892 and is buried at the city’s Cycadia Cemetery. A monument also stands at Oak Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Towanda.
Author: Linda Flowers
Source: Doo-dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular culture by Ken Emerson; History of Dakota Territory Vol 1 by George Washington Kingsbury; Columbia Democrat 6-27-1863; the Star of the North (Bloomsburg, pa) 10-1-1862; Ancestry; Wikipedia