Kearns, Thomas, 1862-1918

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Thomas Kearns was born near Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, and moved with his parents to Nebraska where he attended public schools until he was 17, worked on a farm, and engaged in the freighting business. He moved to Park City, Utah, in 883, and worked in mining and prospecting, and eventually operated several mines. As a Utah Republican, he was elected to the United States Senate and served from 1901 to 1905, but lost the reelection bid. He and his wife's home, the Kearns Mansion, was donated to the state in 1937, and is still used as the official Governor's Mansion.

From the description of The Thomas Kearns scrapbooks. 1890-1918. (University of Utah). WorldCat record id: 777013203

Born near Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, Thomas Kearns moved with his parents to O'Neill in Holt County, Nebraska, where he attended the public schools untill he was 17, worked on a farm, and engaged in the freighting business. He moved to Park City, Utah, in 1883, and worked in mining, prospected, and operated several mines. In 1889, he and his partner David Keith discovered the rich ore that became the famous Silver King Coalition Mine in Park City. THey would eventually own several mines throughout Utah, Nevada, Colorado and California. They also bought the Salt Lake Tribune in 1905. In Park City, Kearns, a Catholic, married Jennie Judge in 1890, with whom he would have three children. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1889. He served from January 23, 1901 to March 3, 1905, and lost a later bid. He is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery. He and his wife's home, the Kearns Mansion, was donated to the state in 1937, and is still used as the official Governor's Mansion.

From the guide to the Thomas Kearns scrapbooks, 1890-1918, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

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referencedIn Reinhold, Sandra Sunny. The Kearns Building. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Maguire, Don. Senator Thomas Kearns of Utah: a sketch, 1930. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Thomas Kearns scrapbooks, 1890-1918 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
referencedIn Kiely, Denis. Brief history of the church in Utah 1900. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Wells, Laura Young. Thomas Kearns, fighting Irishman. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Crampton, Helen M. Sketch of the Kearns family. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Kearns, Thomas. Letter, 8 Feb 1902. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Dykman, Judy,. Miscellaneous material on Thomas Kearns. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Fonds d'archives du collège des Irlandais de Paris Centre culturel irlandais (Paris). Service des ressourcesdocumentaires
creatorOf Kearns, Thomas, 1862-1918. The Thomas Kearns scrapbooks. 1890-1918. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
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associatedWith Reinhold, Sandra Sunny. person
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associatedWith University of Utah. Libraries. Manuscripts Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Wells, Laura Young. person
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Birth 1862-04-11

Death 1918-10-18

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