William KETTNER, Congress, CA (1864-1930)


KETTNER, William, a Representative from California; born in Ann Arbor, Mich., November 20, 1864; moved with his parents to Minnesota in 1873 and settled in St. Paul; attended the public schools; moved to California in 1884 and lived for several years at Julian, Santa Ana, and Visalia, where he engaged in mining, the hotel business, newspaper work, and the insurance business; member of the California National Guard in 1888; city councilman of Visalia, Calif., in 1900; moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1907 and engaged in insurance work, real estate business, and banking; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1916 and 1924; resumed the real estate and insurance businesses; died in San Diego, Calif., November 11, 1930; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery.


Duvall, Lucille Clark. âWilliam Kettner: San Diegoâs Dynamic Congressman.â Journal of San Diego History 25 (Summer 1979): 191-207; Jensen, Joan M. âThe Politics and History of William Kettner.â Journal of San Diego History 11 (June 1965): 26-36.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present