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John W. Kintzinger. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
John W. Kintzinger. Photo courtesy: Rachel Harpham
John W. Kintzinger. Photo courtesy: Rachel Harpham

KINTZINGER, John W. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 12, 1870--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 3, 1946). Kintzinger graduated from high school in Dubuque and then worked as an American Express messenger. He rose in the company to become the head of the American Express office in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

He entered law school at the State University of Iowa and was admitted to the bar in Iowa in 1897. He then returned to Dubuque to open his legal practice. In his early career, Kintzinger served as a member of the city council from 1900 to 1902 and as the city attorney from 1904 to 1908. From 1911 to 1923, he was a judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. He was a Democratic delegate to the party's national convention in 1912.

John W. Kintzinger. Photo courtesy: Rachel Harpham

Kintzinger, a member of the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1933, until December 31, 1938, served as Chief Justice beginning in 1935. He retired from the court to return to private practice in Dubuque. He reentered practice with his son, Robert H. Kintzinger.

He was a delegate in 1912 to the Democratic national convention in Baltimore that nominated Woodrow Wilson for president. During WORLD WAR I, Judge Kintzinger served as chairman of the legal advisory board, Department of War, for Dubuque County. He was listed in Who's Who in America.

Gravestone in Linwood Cemetery



"Death Claims Former Judge," Telegraph Herald, April 4, 1945, p. 1