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Jonathan Kearsley

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Jonathan Kearsley 1786–1859 was an American military officer and politician He fought in the War of 1812 and was a two-time mayor of Detroit

Early lifeedit

Jonathan Kearsley was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1786,1 and graduated from Washington College in Washington, Pennsylvania now Washington & Jefferson College in 18112 He was one of the founders of the Union Literary Society at Washington College3 He joined the Army the following year as a First Lieutenant in the Second Artillery Corps, eventually reaching the rank of Major1 He fought in several battles during the War of 1812, including the Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle of Crysler's Farm, and the Battle of Chippawa following the Capture of Fort Erie4 In the latter battle, he was wounded, and one of his legs was amputated The operation was performed incorrectly and he suffered pain for the rest of his life from it1

In 1815, Kearsley married Margaret Hetich1 The couple had three children: Edmund Roberts 1816, Rebekah H 1817, and Martha I 1819; Margaret died in 18211 He later married Rachel Valentine5

Life in Detroitedit

He held the office of Collector of Revenue Taxes in Virginia from 1817 until 1819, when he moved to Detroit and was appointed Receiver of Public Monies, a title which he held for thirty years1 He lived on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street in Detroit4

He served as mayor of Detroit two separate times, first appointed by the council to fill the term of Henry Jackson Hunt in 1826, and then being elected in 18296 He also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Michigan from 1827 to 1837, and again on its re-organized Board of Regents from 1838 until 185217

He died in 1859 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery8

Kearsley Community School District is named after him

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Elmer L White 1900, The descendants of Jonathan Kearsley, 1718–1782, and his wife Jane Kearsley, 1720–1801, from Scotland, pp 51–52 
  2. ^ washington, Washington and Jefferson College; , Pa; Eaton, Samuel John Mills 1889, Biographical and Historical Catalogue of Washington and Jefferson College, Cincinnati, Ohio: Elm Street Printing Company, p 272 
  3. ^ McClelland, WC 1903, "A History of Literary Societies at Washington & Jefferson College", The Centennial Celebration of the Chartering of Jefferson College in 1802, Philadelphia: George H Buchanan and Company, pp 111–132 
  4. ^ a b Carlisle, Fred, ed 1890, Chronography of Notable Events in the History of the Northwest Territory and Wayne County, Detroit: OS Gulley, Bornman, pp 236–237, OCLC 13694600 
  5. ^ Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p 1033 
  6. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, p 28 
  7. ^ Barnard, F A 1878, American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men: Michigan Volume, Cincinnati: Western Biographical, p 88, OCLC 2988468 
  8. ^ Franck, Michael S 1996, Elmwood Endures: History of a Detroit Cemetery, Detroit: Wayne State University, p 156, ISBN 0-8143-2591-2 
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Jackson Hunt
Mayor of Detroit
1826
Succeeded by
John Biddle
Preceded by
John Biddle
Mayor of Detroit
1829
Succeeded by
John R Williams

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