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Hamilton Fish Kean

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Hamilton Fish Kean
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byEdward I. Edwards
Succeeded byA. Harry Moore
Personal details
Born(1862-02-27)February 27, 1862
Elizabeth, New Jersey, US
DiedDecember 27, 1941(1941-12-27) (aged 79)
New York City, US
Political partyRepublican
Katharine Taylor Winthrop
(m. 1888)
RelationsJohn Kean (brother)
ChildrenJohn Kean
Robert Winthrop Kean
Parent(s)John Kean
Lucinetta Halstead
EducationSt. Paul's School

Hamilton Fish Kean (February 27, 1862 – December 27, 1941)[1] was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.[2]

Early life

Kean was the son of Lucy (née Halstead) and John Kean. He was related to several prominent American politicians including his great-grandfather John Kean (1756–1795), his brother John Kean (1852–1914). He was named after his great-uncle Hamilton Fish.[2]

Kean was born at "Ursino", his ancestral estate near Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended the public schools of Elizabeth, graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire.[2]


Kean engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits. In 1893, along with Robert V. Van Cortlandt he formed the investment firm of Kean & Van Cortlandt, which later became Kean, Taylor & Co.[1]

From 1919 to 1928, Kean was a member of the Republican National Committee. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator in 1924 and was elected to the Senate in 1928, serving a single six-year term before a failed re-election bid, losing to former Governor A. Harry Moore.[1]

After his political career, he worked in banking until his death in 1941.[2] Kean was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Commercial Title and Mortgage Guarantee Company, the Associated Company, the Lawyers Title Guarantee Company of New Jersey, and the Plainfield-Union Water Company[1]

Personal life

On January 12, 1888, Kean was married to Katharine Taylor Winthrop (1866–1943).[1] Katharine was the daughter of banker Robert Winthrop and Katherine (née Taylor) Winthrop and the sister of Beekman Winthrop, who served as Asst. Secretary of the Navy and Asst. Secretary of the Treasury. The Winthrops were descendantants of John Winthrop, the Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Together, they were the parents of:[1]

Kean died on December 27, 1941, at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.[1] After a funeral at Grace Church in New York,[5] he was interred in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "EX-SENATOR KEAN OF NEW JERSEY DIES; Banker and Republican Leader of Century Served Term in Washington, 1928-34 DEFEATED BY A.H. MOORE Member National Committee, 1916-28, Aided Nomination of Charles Evans Hughes". The New York Times. 28 December 1941. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "KEAN, Hamilton Fish - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ "JOHN KEAN, BANKER IN NEW JERSEY, 60; President of National State in Elizabeth, a Leader in Utilities Field, Dies". The New York Times. 25 October 1949. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ Cook, Joan (24 September 1980). "Robert W. Kean, 86; Formerly in House; Jersey Republican Won Reputation as Expert on Social Security". New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015. Robert Winthrop Kean, a former United States Representative and for years a leading figure in Republican politics in New Jersey, died Sunday in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., from a heart attack. He was 86 years old and lived in Livingston.
  5. ^ "DIED". The New York Times. 29 December 1941. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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Preceded by U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
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Preceded by Republican Nominee for the
U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey

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