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KERR, John Leeds, senator, born near Annapolis, Maryland, 15 January, 1780; died near Easton, Maryland, 21 February, 1844:. He was graduated at St. John's college, Annapolis, in 1799, studied law with John L. Bozman, and practised in Easton. In 1817 he was agent of the state of Maryland for the settlement of claims against the United States for expenditures during the war of 1812. He was elected to congress as a Whig, serving from 5 December, ] 825, till 3 March, 1829, and defeated at the next election, but was again successful at the succeeding one, and served from 5 December, 1831, till 2 March, 1833. He was a presidential elector in 1840, and on the death of John S. Spence was chosen by the legislature to serve out the latter's unexpired term in the United States senate, serving from 13 January, 1841, till 3 March, 1843. He edited the "History of Maryland," by his uncle, John L. Bozman (Baltimore, 1837).--His son, John Bozman, born in Easton, Maryland, 5 March, 1809; died in Washington, D. C., 27 January, 1878, was graduated at Harvard in 1830, and admitted to the bar in 1833. He practised at Easton. Md., was a member of the state house of representatives in 1836-'8. In 1848 he was elected as a Whig to congress, and in 1850 was re-elected, but did not take his seat because he had accepted the post of charge d'affaires at Nicaragua, which he filled from 12 March, 1851, to 1 June, 1853. He was instrumental in saving the lives of some of the chief officers of the revolutionary party in 1851. After his return he practised his profession at Baltimore and St. Michaels, Maryland, was a solicitor before the United States court of claims, and at the time of his death was employed in the treasury department.
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