Abbot Kinney (1850 in New Brunswick, New Jersey – 1920 in Santa Monica, California) was a developer and conservationist. Kinney is best known for his "Venice of America" development in Los Angeles. In his travels to the California State Legislature in Sacramento, Kinney met Margaret Thornton, daughter of California Supreme Court Justice James Dabney Thornton. They were married in November 1884 and had seven children. The Venice Pier business was carried on by Kinney's oldest son Thornton.