Kearny, Stephen Watts, 1794-1848

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Birth 1794-08-30
Death 1848-10-31

Biographical notes:

Army officer.

From the description of Proclamation of Stephen Watts Kearny, 1846. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79423835

Army officer; Kearny became a Brigadier General in 1846, and was assigned to command the Army of the West in the Mexican War. He led his men to Santa Fe which was entered without opposition and served as military governor of New Mexico for a month until a civil government was organized.

From the description of Kearny proclamation, 1846 Aug. 22. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 39114750


Born in 1794 in Newark, N.J., and educated at Columbia College, Stephen Watts Kearny began his army career during the War of 1812 as an officer of the 13th Infantry. From 1819 on Kearny was stationed on the western frontier and took part in several exploring expeditions. By 1836, Kearny was colonel of the 1st Dragoons, headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, and in 1842, he assumed command of Military Dept. No. 3, first at Fort Leavenworth and later in St. Louis. A brigadier general by 1846, Kearny led American forces in New Mexico and California, and filled governorships there. During a brief tenure as governor at Vera Cruz, Kearny contracted yellow fever, of which he died in 1848.

From the description of Letters : Fort Leavenworth, [Kan.] and St. Louis, Mo., to E.A. Hitchcock, St. Louis, Mo., and Fort Jesup, La., 1837-1845. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 34916237


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  • Federal aid to Indians--History--19th century--Sources
  • Soldiers--Correspondence
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Slavery--Extension to the territories--Sources
  • Proclamations--History--Sources
  • Indians of North America--Wars--History--19th century--Sources
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--History--Sources
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848


  • Army officers


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