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John K. and Jane Duval Leiper Kane papers, 1835-1860, 1925

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3190 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains materials relating to the life and activities of John K. Kane and his wife, Jane Duval Leiper Kane. Among these are a book of letters written by them addressed to Elizabeth Kane, a pocketbook belonging to him, and a set of newspaper clippings found within the book of letters. The letters contain personal advice and correspondence. The pocketbook contains notes relating to a dispute he was adjudicating as part of his service as Judge of the U.S. District Court at Philadelphia. The newspaper clippings are a biography of Thomas L. Kane. The letters were published in 1914 by Helen Hamilton Stockton, the daughter of Elizabeth Kane. The pocketbook is dated 1860. The newspaper clippings are dated 1925.


  • Other: 1835-1860
  • Other: 1925


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Biographical History note

Jane Duval Leiper Kane (1796-1866) was the wife of Judge John K. Kane and mother of seven children, including Civil War General Thomas L. Kane and arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane.

Biographical History note

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

John Kintzing Kane was born May 16, 1795 in Albany 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 commisioner 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 several 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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