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Kent, Jameslocked

(31 July 1763–12 December 1847)
  • Donald M. Roper

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Kent, James (31 July 1763–12 December 1847), jurist, was born in Doanesburg, New York, the son of Moss Kent, Sr., a farmer and lawyer, and Hannah Rogers. Kent’s mother died when he was seven years old, and his father remarried. From the age of five to nine he lived with his maternal grandparents in Norwalk, Connecticut, and at various boarding schools, most notably Ebenezer Baldwin’s at Danbury. During Kent’s years at Yale, 1777–1781 (graduating in 1781), the college was subject to war-caused interruptions, and during one British raid his grandparent’s house was razed by the enemy. Nevertheless, Kent throughout his life remained the staunchest of Anglophiles (although he supported the patriot cause during the war). During one period that classes were suspended because of the war, Kent encountered Blackstone’s ...

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