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Robert Winthrop Kean

Birthplace: Elberon, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in Livingston, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
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Son of Hamilton Fish Kean, U.S. Senator and Katherine Taylor Kean
Husband of Elizabeth Stuyvesant Howard
Father of Thomas Kean, Governor (Chairman of the 9/11 Commission); <private> Kean; <private> Hicks (Kean); <private> Kean; <private> Kean and 1 other
Brother of John Kean

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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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Robert Winthrop Kean's Timeline

September 28, 1893
Elberon, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
April 21, 1935
Age 41
September 21, 1980
Age 86
Livingston, Essex County, New Jersey, United States