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lawyer , State official , business executive

James W. Kynes, lawyer, business executive, state official. Bar: Florida 1955. Named one of Florida's 5 Outstanding Young Men, 1960; recipient Distinguished Service award, Ocala, Fla, 1958; named to Florida Hall of Fame.


Kynes, James W. was born on August 31, 1928 in Mariana, Florida, United States. Son of James Walter and Grace (Rowell) Kynes.


Bachelor of Science, University Florida, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, University Florida, 1955.


Executive assistant to governor, State of Florida, 1960-1963; attorney general, State of Florida, 1964-1965; vice president, Jim Walter Corporation, from 1965; executive vice president, secretary, general counsel, sucessor companies Hillsborough Holding Corporation and Walter Industries, from 1965.


  • Bar: Florida 1955.


People sometimes argue that involvement in political life involves getting our hands dirty, so is something Christians should avoid. But God is present in everything, including political institutions.


The strong feature of Methodism is that prayers are not only led by an ordained minister, but often by a local preacher - a lay person who has been trained and authorized to lead worship and preach.


Member Florida Board Education, Florida Securities Commission, Florida Judicial Council, Florida Pardon Board, Florida Budget Commission, Florida Revenue Commission. Chairman Florida Cancer Crusade, 1963. Coordinator Florida Democratic candidates, 1960.

Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1964. Chairman board trustees Center Florida Junior College, 1957-1961. Active University Florida Development Corporation 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1951-1953, Korea.

Member National Association Attorneys General, University Florida Alumni Association (president 1960), Blue Key (past president Florida), Kiwanis (president Ocala 1960), Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Marjorie Ann Hiatt, July 1, 1950. Children: James H., William L., John F.

James Walter Kynes

Grace (Rowell) Kynes

Marjorie Ann Hiatt

James H. Kynes

William L. Kynes

John F. Kynes