This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day! And so we thought this week’s post should be on the fathers of Liberty Hall!
- William Livingston (1723-1789): Dad of 13 children! William Livingston moved his family from New York to the countryside of Elizabethtown in which 3 of his daughters were not happy campers about it (lack of social life). He was elected New Jersey’s first governor and signed the United States Constitution. What a cool dad!
- John Kean (1755-1795): Only had one child, Peter Kean. John was appointed by President Washington as the First Cashier of the Bank of the United States. Can you say your dad got appointed a job by GW??
- Peter Kean (1788-1821): Had 3 children that lived to adulthood. His claim to frame to purchasing Liberty Hall in 1811 for his mother, Susan, putting it back in family hands.
- Colonel John Kean (1814-1895): Father of 11 children, 9 of which lived to adulthood!
- Hamilton Fish Kean (1862-1914): Had 2 sons. He is the one who built Green Lane Farm and was known for breeding Guernsey cattle. Green Lane Farm is now Kean University.
- Captain John Kean (1888-1949): Had 3 children – 2 sons and a daughter. He served in WWI (so keep that in mind for future blog post & upcoming exhibit!). Fun Fact! According to his letters from the war, he LOVED all the chocolate and cake that his parents would sent him overseas.