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KEAN, John, (great-grandfather of Hamilton Fish Kean, and John Kean [1852-1914], and great-great-grandfather of Robert Winthrop Kean), a Delegate from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., in 1756; engaged in mercantile pursuits; taken prisoner at the capture of Charleston in 1780 by General Clinton and was confined aboard a prison ship for several months; appointed by General Washington a member of the commission to audit accounts of the Revolutionary Army; Member of the Continental Congress 1785-1787; appointed by President Washington cashier of the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia and served from its organization until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 4, 1795; interment in St. John’s Churchyard.


Williams, C. S. John Kean of the Continental Congress, from South Carolina. New York: C. S. Williams, 1911.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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