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Francis Kernan

Francis Kernan, American senator. member of New York State Assembly, 1860; member United States House of Representatives from New York, 38th Congress, 1863-1865; member of New York Constitutional Convention, 1867; member United States Senate from New York, 1875-1881.

Background

  • Kernan, Francis was born on January 14, 1816 in Wayne, Steuben County (now Tyrone, Schuyler County) New York. Son of William and Rose (Stubbs) Kernan.

  • Education

    • Graduate Georgetown College, Washington, District of Columbia, 1836.

    Career

    • He was elected as a Democrat to the 38th United States Congress, defeating the Republican boss Roscoe Conkling, and served from March 4, 1863, to March 4, 1865. In 1864, he was defeated for re-election by Conkling.

      In 1872, he was the Democratic/Liberal-Republican candidate for Governor of New York, but was defeated by Republican John Adams Dix. During these times, Kernan, Roscoe Conkling and Horatio Seymour were the heads of New York state politics, known as the "Utica trio".

      In January 1875, Kernan was elected a U.S. Senator from New York, the first Catholic senator from the state, and its first Democratic senator in 24 years. He served from March 4, 1875, to March 4, 1881, alongside the Republican boss Conkling. At the 1876 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis, U.S. Senator Kernan nominated Samuel J. Tilden for U.S. President. In January 1881, Kernan was defeated for re-election by Republican Thomas C. Platt. After Platt's resignation in May 1881, Kernan ran again for the Senate in the following special election, but was defeated by Republican Warner Miller, the Democrats being the minority party in that year.

    Major achievements

    • He numbered among his friends Abraham Lincoln, Horatio Seymour, Samuel J. Tilden, Thomas F. Bayard, and Grover Cleveland. Both as a member of the New York Assembly and as a United States Congressman, he was a "War Democrat".

    Politics

    Democrat

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Member of New York State Assembly, 1860. Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 38th Congress, 1863-1865. Member of New York Constitutional Convention, 1867.

    Member United States Senate from New York, 1875-1881.
    • 38th United States Congress , USA
      1863 - 1865

    • United States Senator from New York , USA
      1875 - 1881

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    Born January 14, 1816
    Died September 7, 1892
    (aged 76)
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    • 1854 - 1857
      school commissioner, Utica
    • June 30, 1854 - November 30, 1857
      Reporter, New York Court of Appeals
    • 1861
      manager, New York State Hospital
    • November 30, 1860 - November 30, 1862
      member, New York State Assembly

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    • Major Achievements
      • He numbered among his friends Abraham Lincoln, Horatio Seymour, Samuel J. Tilden, Thomas F. Bayard, and Grover Cleveland. Both as a member of the New York Assembly and as a United States Congressman, he was a "War Democrat".
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      • William Kernan
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      • Rose Anna
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      • Hannah A. Devereux
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      • Michael Kernan, Jr.
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