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