EDWARD VanSCHOONHOVEN KINSLEY
July 11, 1825 ~ April 1, 1888
From the 25th Anniversary publication
of the Yale College Class of 1846
~ Published 1871 ~
Edward Van Schoonhoven Kinsley, the son of Zebina James
Duncan Kinsley and Eliza (Van Schoonhoven) Kinsley, was
born at West Point, N.Y., July 11, 1825. He fitted for college
with Hon. A.N. Skinner, at New Haven, and his own father at
West Point. He entered with the class as a freshman.
After receiving his diploma, he studied law, and was
admitted to the bar at the November General Term of the
Supreme Court at New York, Nov., 1848. After the death
of his father, whom he had aided in teaching, he succeeded
him as principal of the Classical and Mathematical School
at West Point in 1849. Some years later, he made a visit of
nearly a year to Europe, and had a narrow escape from
drowning by falling overboard as he was returning. The death of his father and four sisters was
sudden. Two of his sisters were lost in the burning of the Henry Clay on the Hudson River, 1851.
For several years, he suffered much from ill health. In the autumn of 1867, he sailed for Europe,
and, visiting London, Paris and Madrid, was so much pleased with his reception at the United States
Legation in the latter city, that he prolonged his stay until March 7, 1868, when, by the aid of the
chaplain of the British Embassy, he was united in marriage to Lizzie L., daughter of Hon. John P.
Hale, American Minister at Madrid. After nine months of journeying through Spain, Switzerland,
Belgium and France, they returned to Madrid, where he became private secretary to the U.S.
Minister, and afterwards for several months Acting Secretary of Legation.
Later, in 1869, he spent several months in Paris, where a son, John Parker Hale Kinsley, was born,
October 2, baptized by Rev. Dr. Robinson, of the American Chapel, and not long after buried in the
cemetery of Antenie. The next winter he visited Italy, and returning through Germany reached home
at West Point in June, 1870.
He attends church at the Chapel of the Military Academy. P.O. address, West Point, N.Y.
From the 1910 DKE Catalogue
B.A., M.A., Yale College
Jr. Ex. Speaker
Phi Beta Kappa
New York Bar, 1848
Prin., Class., Math and Military School, West Point, New York, 1849 - 55
Married Elizabeth Little Hale (Mass.) March 7, 1868 at U.S. Legation, Madrid, Spain
Acting Secretary, U.S. Legation, Madrid, Spain, 1869
Lawyer, Highland Falls, New York
Deceased: Highland Falls, New York, April 1, 1888