Skip to main content

John K. Kane papers, 1773-1916

Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, biographical materials, and other documents related to early Kane family and business activities, as well as the papers of the Kane. Includes both personal papers and materials relating to his work as a judge and political figure. Materials date from between 1773 and 1916.


  • 1773-1916


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

John K. Kane (1795-1858) was a Philadelphia lawyer, legislator, and judge.

John Kintzing Kane was born May 16, 1795 in Albany, New York to Elisha Kane and Alida Van Rensselaer, and later moved to Philadelphia early in the 1800s. He graduated from Yale in 1814, and studied law in Philadelphia until he was admitted to the bar April 8, 1817. A supporter of President Andrew Jackson, Kane was appointed by him as a commissioner to settle claims with France at the July 4th, 1831 convention. Kane was appointed Attorney General of the state of Pennsylvania in 1845, but soon resigned to become a U.S. District Court judge. Kane married Jane Duval Leiper on April 20, 1819, and together they had six children, including arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane, and Civil War general Thomas L. Kane. He died in Philadelphia of pneumonia on February 21, 1858.


8 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in six subseries: 1. John K. Kane biographical materials. 2. John K. Kane papers on ancestors and relatives. 3. John K. Kane family correspondence. 4. John K. Kane professional papers. 5. John K. Kane correspondence with political leaders. 6. John K. Kane certificates, letters, and other material.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States