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John Kean

John Kean (December 4, 1852 – November 4, 1914) was an American lawyer, banker and Republican Party politician from Elizabeth, New Jersey. He represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate from 1899 to 1911 and served two separate terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1883 to 1885, and from 1887 to 1889. A member of the Kean family of politicians.


  • After politics, he re-engaged in banking in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Major achievements

  • Keansburg, New Jersey is named in honor of John Kean. In 1884, Kean played a key part in helping the town, at the time called Granville, to obtain its first post office. During that year, the name Keansburg was adopted.


Party affiliation: Republican Party


  • brother: Hamilton Fish Kean
  • nephew: Robert Winthrop Kean
  • grandnephew: Thomas Kean
  • great-grandfather: John Kean
John Kean
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Born December 5, 1852
Died November 4, 1914
(aged 61)
  • 1875
    Columbia Law School, New York City
  • 1899 - 1905
    senator, United States Senate
  • 1911
    chairman, Committee on the Geological Survey


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