Robert Winthrop Kean (1893 - 1980)

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About Robert Winthrop Kean

Robert Winthrop Kean (September 28, 1893; Elberon, New Jersey – September 21, 1980; Livingston, New Jersey) was a Republican politician who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty years.


Kean was the great-great-grandson of John Kean, a delegate to the Continental Congress, a nephew of U.S. Senator John Kean and son of Katharine Winthrop and Senator Hamilton Fish Kean. He graduated from St. Mark's School (1911) and Harvard University (1915), and was the father of former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean. He served in the National Guard and later in the United States Army during World War I earning the rank of lieutenant, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Service Cross.

After the war, Kean worked in investment banking in New Jersey and New York City. In 1938 he was elected as a congressman representing New Jersey's 12th district. He served in that position for 20 years until he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1958.

A resident of Livingston, New Jersey, he died there on September 21, 1980, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center due to a heart attack.


Kean University is named in honor of Robert Kean and the Kean family and its Liberty Hall Campus houses the historic property and home of the Kean family.

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