William A. Kindred

William A. Kindred.

Mayor from 1882-1883

William A. Kindred was born about 1849 in Morris County, New Jersey. From 1872 to 1878 he was employed as part of the engineer corps with Northern Pacific Railroad. He was involved in producing the original railroad surveys of the Red River Valley.

In December 1878 he settled in Fargo and became vice president of the Red River Valley National Bank. He was an organizer and vice president of the Fargo Southern Railroad. He held a large amount of real estate in North Dakota and the state of Washington.

In the smallpox epidemic of February 1883, Mayor Kindred was given the authority to set up a hospital, burn clothing and force doctors to report cases.

His wife's name was Lillian, and he had two daughters Lillian and Stella. He died at the age of 45 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 8, 1891. The town of Kindred, North Dakota was named in his honor in 1880.