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William Kent

Male 1864 - 1928  (63 years)

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  • Name William Kent 
    • Father, Albert Emmett Kent (B.A. 1853), a merchant, banker, and founder of the packing industry in Chicago; sonof Albert and Luanda (Gillette) Kent; descendant of Thomas Kent, who came to America from England about 1643 an<^settled in Gloucester, Mass. Mother, Adaline Elizabeth (Dutton)Kent; daughter of Alvah and Elizabeth (Holt) Dutton; ancestors came from Wales to Vermont before 1700.Married February 23, 1890, in Ojai Valley, Calif, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Anthony Thacher (B A 1835, LL.D. Western Reserve 1869), assistant professor and professor of the Latin language and literature at Yale 1838-1886, and Elizabeth Baldwin (Sherman) Thacher, granddaughter of Roger Sherman (B A. 1787), great granddaughter of Roger Sherman (honorary M.A. 1768), treasurer of Yale 1754-1776 and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a sister of Sherman D. Thacher, '83, and William L. Thacher, '87, and half sister of James K. Thacher, '68, Thomas Thacher, '71, Edward S. Thacher, '72, Alfred B. Thacher, '74, and John S. Thacher, '77 Children: Albert Emmett, '13; Thomas Thacher, '15; William, Jr., '17; Elizabeth Sherman, the wife of G. Stanleigh Arnold, '03; Adaline Dutton (B.A. Vassar 1923); Sherman, '26; and Roger, '28.Death due to pneumonia. His ashes lie in California. Survivedby wife, five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren.
    • He spearheaded the movement to create the Muir Woods National Monument by donating land to the Federal Government for the Monument.
      From Wikipedia:
      Personal life

      He was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 29, 1864.[1] His parents, Adaline Elizabeth Dutton and Albert Emmett Kent (A.E. Kent)[1] moved the family to Marin County in California in the year 1871. His father, Albert Emmett Kent had bought 800 acres of valley land that would later become the town Kentfield, California.[2] He was married to Elizabeth Sherman Thacher on February 26, 1890.[1] His wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent (n?e Elizabeth Sherman Thacher) was the daughter of Yale professor and administrator Thomas Anthony Thacher. Together they had seven children including sons Sherman Kent (Yale professor and alumni of the US Central Intelligence Agency) and Roger Kent (US politician). His daughter was prominent artist, Adaline Kent.[1] Sherman Day Thacher was his brother-in-law.

      He graduated from Yale University in 1887, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[3]

      Upon graduation, Kent returned to Chicago and entered the real estate and livestock businesses. He also became involved in politics, becoming a member of the city council and president of the Municipal Voter's League of Chicago.[4]

      In 1907, Kent returned to California and entered the national stage of politics by earning election as a progressive Republican to the 62nd United States Congress. For the 63rd and 64th Congresses he was reelected as an Independent. In total, he served in Congress from March 4, 1911 to March 4, 1917.

      In 1916, Kent was the lead sponsor of the legislation in the House of Representatives that created the National Park Service. The similar Senate bill was sponsored by Reed Smoot. The legislation passed the House of Representatives on July 1, 1916, passed the Senate on August 5, and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.[5]

      Kent was also heavily involved in local politics; he was one of the major supporters of the creation of the Marin Municipal Water District in 1911, and also backed early efforts for a Golden Gate Bridge. While Kent supported conservation, he also actively worked to promote growth and development in Marin, such as his support for the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, a renowned Marin County attraction partially funded by his father, Albert Emmett Kent. His wealth as one of the major landowners in the county increased greatly as property values rose.

      Following his career in Congress, Kent was appointed to the United States Tariff Commission (now known as the United States International Trade Commission). He served on the Commission from March 21, 1917 to March 31, 1920.

      Kent died on March 13, 1928 in Kentfield, California from pneumonia.[4] His remains were cremated in Oakland, California. Survived by wife, five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren.[4]

      Kent was also a philanthropist. Together with his wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent, he purchased 611 acres (2.5 km?) of one of the last remaining stands of coast redwoods along Redwood Creek north of San Francisco Bay. To protect the redwood grove from development, he donated 295 acres (1.19 km?) to the Federal Government. President Theodore Roosevelt declared the area a national monument in 1908 and suggested naming the monument after Kent. Kent demurred and suggested the grove be named Muir Woods National Monument, after naturalist John Muir.

      Sherman, Thomas Townsend (1920). Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England: Some Descendants of the Immigrants, Captain John Sherman, Reverend John Sherman, Edmund Sherman and Samuel Sherman, and the Descendents of Honorable Roger Sherman and Honorable Charles R. Sherman. New York, NY: T. A. Wright. p. 365.
      "Greenbrae and Kentfield - Overview". Realty Of Marin. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
      "Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1927-1928" (PDF). Yale University. 15 September 1928. p. 103. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
      "Guide to the William Kent Family Papers". Yale University Library. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. 1961. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
      Swain, Donald C. (September 1969). "The Founding of the National Park Service". The American West. Palo Alto, CA: American West Publishing Company. VI (5): 6?9.
    • US Congressman. Elected to represent California's 1st and 2nd District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1911 to 1917.
    • William Kent graduated Yale College 1887; he was a Banker; Alderman chicago City Council 1895 - 1897. [1]
    Born 29 Mar 1864  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Mar 1928  Kentfield, Marin County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cremated Cremated Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I115409  tree1
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2018 

    Family Elizabeth Sherman Thacher,   b. 22 Sep 1868, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1952, Marin Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1890  Ojai Valley, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Albert Emmet Kent,   b. 6 Dec 1890
     2. Thomas Thacher Kent,   b. 8 May 1892
     3. Elizabeth Sherman Kent,   b. 8 Jan 1894
    +4. William Kent,   b. 5 Jul 1895, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1964, Key Largo, Monroe County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Adeline Dutton Kent,   b. 7 Aug 1900
     6. Sherman Kent,   b. 1 Dec 1903
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F6419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S283] Thomas Thacher 1620 - 1678 Boston Branch, Thacher, Elwood James, (Thacher, Elwood James), 79-63849 Lib Congress., P. 67 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 7124933