John Pinney was a plantation owner and sugar merchant who settled in Bristol. He owned a large plantation on Nevis and also had slaves who worked on his plantation.
He became involved in the slave trade and lobbied against abolition. He also served as the Consul-General of Liberia in the United States.
Early Life and Education
John Pinney was born on August 5, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa. He is the son of Byron Russell and Margaret Esther (Carney) Pinney.
He completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan. He currently works as a partner at Graydon, Head & Ritchey.
During his career, he has practiced in the areas of banking, insurance, construction and real estate. He also has experience in international, labor and maritime law.
After completing his studies, he became a missionary to Liberia. He later served as the consul general of Liberia in the United States. He also served as the minister of education in Marion County.
John Pinney’s professional career began as an attorney and has continued to evolve with the changing needs of his clients. He currently serves as the managing partner of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, a law firm that has a long legacy in Northeast Ohio.
As managing partner of KJK, he focuses on growing the firm’s presence in the civic and economic growth efforts of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. As a result of his leadership, the firm is now developing a Speaker Series that will provide a forum for leading business, government and civic leaders to speak about important issues impacting their work in the community.
In addition to his legal work, he is committed to helping low-income seniors in Ohio. He has worked for Pro Seniors since 1993 and is the organization’s Managing Attorney. He was recently awarded the Denis Murphy Award for his outstanding leadership and advocacy in Ohio’s legal aid societies.
Achievements and Honors
The International Center of the Capital Region Achievement Awards recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the Capital Region and advanced cross-cultural dialogue through volunteerism. This award is not intended to be used as a student travel grant.
During graduate school, Pinney’s photography gained a strong following among women artists and curators in Chicago. Her early work included a series of costumed black-and-white portraits made in a variety of settings around the city.
Pinney’s later images reflected her growing interest in social issues and emerging identities. Her photographs of brides, mothers and attendants at weddings signaled the beginning of her “Feminine Identity Series.”
During his early adulthood, John Pinney lived in Bristol, England. He made his fortune from sugar plantations on Nevis in the West Indies and worked as a sugar merchant. He also owned a house in the city, which is now the Georgian House Museum.
In 1783, he returned to England with his younger children. He was a wealthy and successful man, worth about PS70,000 when he died.
He was an active participant in the anti-slavery movement and joined the Bristol West India Society, which lobbied against the abolition of slavery. He argued that abolition would damage his business.
A traveller, Pinney wrote many books about his adventures abroad. One of his best-known works, The Wild Man of the Jungle, described a teenaged boy living in the jungle with natives, who wore loincloths, had traditional tattoos and ate monkey.
John Pinney is a managing partner at KJK, where he leads the firm’s estate and wealth planning practice. His clients include privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and high net-worth families.
He uses his business savvy and drive to help clients mitigate risk and create blueprints for growth, as well as for bold leadership in times of crisis. He also represents leading philanthropic families with their complex wealth and risk management needs.
He is the grandson of a plantation owner in Nevis, West Indies and a sugar merchant based in Bristol after 1784. He inherited the sugar plantations of Cresseys and Choppins, Gingerland parish; Charlots and Mountravers, a total of 273 acres, and in 1770 he bought Woodland or Cole’s plantation (120 acres).