Born June 29, 1874, in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Linney was an attorney in Boone, North Carolina, who served as solicitor for the seventh judicial district (1906-1914) and U. S. District Attorney for the western district of North Carolina (1921-1927). He unsuccessfully ran for Congress on the Republican ticket in 1914 and 1918 and also for governor in 1916. During World War I, he was a member of the Watauga County Exemption Board.
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