James McKinney was born in Farmington, Illinois,
February 14, 1864. When he was eight years old, however, his
parents removed to Kansas, where the subject of this sketch worked on
a farm and attended the district school. His later education was
obtained in the High School of Girard, Kas.
After leaving school he entered the
mercantile business in Parsons, where he remained for six years.
From Parsons he removed to Walnut, Kas., engaging in the same
business, and adding rapidly to his original capital.
In 1887 he came to Kansas City, and in
company with his brother formed the produce commission firm of
McKinney Bros. & Co. His originality of conception and
boldness of execution have made him a power in his line, and at
different times he has "cornered" the market in potatoes,
onions, and water-melons.
Mr. McKinney is a prominent member of the
Produce Exchange, and is also vice-president of the Kansas City Potato
The only order to which he belongs is the
He was married in 1880 to Miss Lily Ramage,
of Kansas City.