The New International Encyclopædia/Kinney, Coates

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KIN'NEY, Coates (1826—). An American journalist and poet, born at Kinney's Corners, N. Y., November 24, 1826. He was educated at Antioch College, Ohio, but did not graduate. He was admitted to the bar (1856) and became connected editorially with journals in Xenia and Cincinnati, Ohio, Springfield, Ill., and elsewhere. He served in the Civil War as major and paymaster, and was active in Ohio Republican politics, being a Senator in the State Legislature (1882-83). His verses were collected in Ke-u-ka and Other Poems (1855) and Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real (1888). One of his lyrics, “Rain on the Roof,” as set to music was widely popular.