John Kean (New Jersey)
John Kean came from an illustrious family of politicians. His great-grandfather John Kean was a delegate from South Carolina participate in the meetings of the Continental Congress, his younger brother Hamilton would later succeed him as U.S. Senator. His nephew Robert Kean was also sitting as a deputy from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, his great-nephew Thomas Kean was governor of the state.
Born John Kean to " Ursino ," the estate of his family in Union County. He attended private schools and later the Yale College, before he made his 1875 law degree from the Law School of Columbia University in New York. Two years later he was admitted to the Bar of New Jersey; However, he went on his legal work, after only very sporadically. Instead, he worked in the banking and commercial factory.
Kean also proposed a political career as a Republican. He was in 1882 elected to the House of Representatives of the United States, where he remained during the 48th Congress of March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1885. In 1884, he missed the re-election when he defeated Democrat Robert Stockton Green. Two years later he returned to Congress, which he had to leave again after re- election defeat on March 3, 1889.
In 1891, Kean took over the chairmanship of his party in New Jersey. The Republicans hired him in 1892 as a candidate for election as Governor of the State on, but he lost with 47.4 percent of the vote against the Democrats, who came to 49.7 percent. As a result, he was involved in a commission to revise the judicial system of New Jersey. 1898 Kean was finally elected to the U.S. Senate, where he remained for a confirmation in 1905 of 4 March 1899 to 3 March 1911. During this time he led, among other things, the chair of the Committee on the Geological Survey and the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses.
After the end of his political career John Kean was active in the banking industry. He died on the estate " Ursino " and was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside. The community Keansburg in Monmouth County was to Kean's honor his name after he had in 1884 advocated that the formerly Granville hot border town got its first post office.