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James Kent (1763-1847)
James Kent (1763-1847)

James Kent (July 31, 1763December 12, 1847), American jurist and legal scholar, was born at New York. He graduated from Yale College in 1781, having helped establish the Phi Beta Kappa society there in 1780, and began to practise law at Poughkeepsie, New York in 1785 as an attorney, and in 1787 at the bar. In 1791 and 1792-93 Kent was a representative of Dutchess County in the New York State Assembly. In 1793 he removed to New York City, where Governor John Jay, to whom the young lawyer's Federalist sympathies were a strong recommendation, appointed him a master in chancery for the city. james kent (official nyc portrait) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... james kent (official nyc portrait) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... NY redirects here. ... For other uses, see Yale (disambiguation). ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... 1780 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Poughkeepsie (New York) Poughkeepsie (pronounced ) is a city in New York, USA and serves as the county seat of Dutchess County, located in the Hudson River Valley roughly midway between New York City and Albany. ... Dutchess County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York Legislature body of the state of New York. ... This is a list of the Governors of New York. ... John Jay (December 12, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, writer, and a jurist. ...

He was the first professor of law in Columbia College in 1793-98 and again served in the Assembly in 1796-97. In 1797 he became recorder of New York, in 1798 judge of the Supreme Court of the State, in 1804 Chief Justice, and in 1814 chancellor of New York. In 1822 he became a member of the convention to revise the state constitution. Next year, Chancellor Kent resigned his office and was re-elected to his former chair. Columbia College is the main undergraduate college at Columbia University, situated on the universitys main campus of Morningside Heights in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York. ...

He has been long remembered for his Commentaries on American Law (four volumes, published 1826-1830), highly respected in England and America. The Commentaries treated both state, federal and international law, and the law of personal rights and of property, and went through six editions in Kent's lifetime.

Kent rendered his most essential service to American jurisprudence while serving as chancellor. Chancery, or equity law had been very unpopular during the colonial period, and had received little development, and no decisions had been published. His judgments of this class cover a wide range of topics, and are so thoroughly considered and developed as unquestionably to form the basis of American equity jurisprudence. The Court of Chancery, London, early 19th century This article is about the concept of equity in the jurisprudence of common law countries. ...

With his wife Elizabeth Bailey, Kent had four children: Elizabeth (died in infancy), Elizabeth, William and Mary.


Monuments and memorials

  • Kent County, Michigan is named in his honor, probably because he represented Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip.
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law is named in his honor.
  • The Chancellor Kent Professorship at Columbia Law School is also named after him, as is Kent Hall, which was built for the law school, but which now contains Columbia's departments of East Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures along with its East Asian library. Students who have high honors status (top two to three percent of the class) at Columbia Law School are called James Kent Scholars in honor of James Kent's status as Columbia's first professor of law.
  • Kent Place School, an independent all girls school in New Jersey, is located where his summer house was.

Kent County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... From 1805-1818, the western border was a line through Lake Michigan. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Toledo Strip is the name of a piece of disputed land (which includes present-day Toledo, Ohio) that was claimed by both the state of Ohio and the Michigan Territory of the United States in the early 19th century. ... The Chicago-Kent College of Law is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. ... A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Columbia Law School, located in the New York City borough of Manhattan, is one of the professional schools of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League, and one of the leading law schools in the United States. ... The Kent Place School is a private all-girls nursery through 12 independent college-preparatory day school (with a coeducational nursery and pre-kindergarten) in Summit, New Jersey. ...

Further reading

  • Duer, John, Discourse on the Life, Character, and Public Services of James Kent, New York, 1848.

External links


  • This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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