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Robert Winthrop Kean[1] (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 twenty years until his retirement from Congress in 1959.

He died on September 21, 1980 in St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.


Kean University is named in honor of Robert Kean.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Kean" is pronounced "Kane."
  2. ^ "Robert W. Kean, 86; Formerly In House. Jersey Republican Won Reputation As Expert On Social Security.". New York Times. September 24, 1980. Retrieved 2008-06-18. "Robert Winthrop Kean, a former United States Representative and for years a leading figure in Republican politics in New Jersey, died Sunday in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., from a heart attack. He was 86 years old and lived in Livingston."  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Towey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th congressional district

1939 – 1959
Succeeded by
George Wallhauser
Party political offices
Preceded by
Howard Alexander Smith
Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
Bernard M. Shanley


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