La Vega G. Kinne (1892 - 1897)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 1, 1892, until December 31, 1897. For one year he
was Chief Justice.
Born at Syracuse, New
York, November 5, 1846. He was graduated from the University of Michigan law
school in 1868, He began the practice of law in Illinois but soon moved to
Toledo, Iowa, in 1869. Justice Kinne was a law partner with H. J. Stiger at
Toledo. In 1886 he was elected Judge of the District Court. After one term on
the District Court he came to Des Moines as editor of a daily newspaper. He
soon returned to Toledo, however, and was again elected District Judge, which
position he held until elected to the Supreme Bench. After his retirement from
the bench he practiced law in Des Moines until appointed a member of the first
Iowa Board of Control, in which capacity he served two terms.
He frequently gave
lectures on legal subjects at both the University of Iowa and the Iowa College
of Law at Des Moines.
Justice Kinne died at Des
Moines March 16, 1906.