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John K. Kane professional papers, 1817-1851

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 1 Sub-Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, the majority of which are sent to John K. Kane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; legal documents, including those dealing with Dr. Robert Patterson's bond and mortgage, the Julia Taylor estate, and Girard Bank; and promissory notes, protests of promissory notes, and protests of non-payment of promissory notes. Materials date from between 1817 and 1851.


  • Majority of material found within 1817-1851


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

From the Series:

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.


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