Kinney was born at Kinney's Corners, New York. He was educated at Antioch College, Ohio, but did not graduate. He was admitted to the bar in 1856, and became connected editorially with journals in Xenia and Cincinnati, Ohio, Springfield, Illinois, and elsewhere. He served in the Civil War as major and paymaster, and later was active in Ohio Republican politics, being a Senator in the state legislature, 1882-1883.
His verses were collected in Keeuka, and other poems (1855) and Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real (1888). One of his lyrics set to music, “Rain on the Roof,” was widely popular.
- Keeuka, and other poems. Cincinnati, OH: privately published, 1855.
- Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real. privately published, 1887.
- Mists of Fire: A trilogy; and some eclogs. Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1899.
- Selected Poems. privately published, 1927.
Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy University of West Virginia.
- Coates Kinney profile & poem ("Rain on the Roof") at My Poetic Side
- Coates Kinney at Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and poetry
- This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.. Original article is at: "Kinney, Coates"