John K. Kane papers on ancestors and relatives, 1773-1916
Scope and Contents
Contains genealogical information, biographies, correspondence, receipts, and other materials related to Kane's ancestors and other members of the extended Kane family. Items document personal activities, family relations, business ventures and transactions, and other topics. Materials date from between 1773 and 1916.
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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.