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KANE, George Proctor, merchant, born in Baltimore, 21 August, 1817; died there, 23 June, 1878. His parents came from the north of Ireland. He became a grain merchant in Baltimore, and during the famine in Ireland was active in sending food to the suffering peasantry. He held various local offices, and during the administration of Presidents Taylor and Filhnore was collector of the port of Baltimore. While marshal of police in 1861 he endeavored to protect the 6th Massachusetts regiment from the assaults of the mob, but resisted the demand of General Butler for the surrender of arms in the possession of the city authorities. As a suspected protector of contraband traffic in arms, and head of an armed force hostile to the United States, he was arrested in June, 1861, and confined in Fort McHenry, and subsequently in Forts Warren and Lafayette. When released at the end of fourteen months he went to the south, where he remained till the close of the war. He was sheriff of Baltimore in 1873, and at the time of his death mayor.
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