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JOHNS, Kensey, jurist, born in Maryland, 14 June, 1759; died in New Castle, Delaware, 21 December, 1848. He studied law with George [Lead, and after twelve years of practice was appointed associate judge of the supreme court of Delaware. In 1792 he was a member of the State constitutional convention, and in March, 1794, he was appointed United States senator, to succeed George Read, resigned, but the senate on a technicality refused to admit him. In 1798, on the death of Mr. Read, he succeeded him as chief justice of Delaware, retaining the office for thirty years. In 1828 he became chancellor of the state, holding that post until the change of constitution in 1832. He was active in the councils of the Protestant Episcopal church.--His son, Kensey, jurist, born in New Castle, Delaware, 10 December, 1791; died there, 28 March, 1857, was graduated at Princeton in 1810, studied law with his father, and was admitted to practice in 1813. He was a member of congress from Delaware from 1827 till 1831, and was then appointed chancellor of the state, succeeding his father in 1832, and holding the office until his death. Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, gave him the degree of LB. D. in 1846.--Another son, John, P. E. bishop, born in New Castle, Delaware, 10 July, 1796; died in Fairfax county, Virginia, 6 April, 1876, was graduated at Princeton in 1815, studied theology, and was ordained priest in 1820. After having charge of two parishes, he was elected assistant bishop of Virginia and was consecrated, 13 October, 1842. In 1862 he became the successor of Bishop Meade. He was also president of William and Mary college from 1849 till 1854. In 1834 he received the degree of S. T. D. from Princeton, Columbia, and the University of New York, while William and Mary conferred on him that of LL. D. in 1855. Dr. Johns published a "Memorial of Bishop Meade" (Baltimore, 1857).
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