Robert Winthrop Kean (September 28, 1893; Elberon, New Jersey – September 21, 1980; Livingston, New Jersey) was a Republican politician who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty years.
Kean was the great-great-grandson of John Kean, a delegate to the Continental Congress, a nephew of U.S. Senator John Kean and son of Katharine Winthrop and Senator Hamilton Fish Kean. He graduated from St. Mark's School (1911) and Harvard University (1915), and was the father of former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean. He served in the National Guard and later in the United States Army during World War I earning the rank of lieutenant, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Service Cross.
After the war, Kean worked in investment banking in New Jersey and New York City. In 1938 he was elected as a congressman representing New Jersey's 12th district. He served in that position for 20 years until he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1958.
- Roberts, Sam. "Early Census Is Found in a New Jersey University’s Files", The New York Times, May 18, 2010. Accessed February 24, 2011. "Kean (pronounced cane), a merchant, originally used the ledger, made in England in the early 18th century, to keep track of his accounts and later was chosen by Washington to audit the Revolutionary Army."
- Cook, Joan. "ROBERT W. KEAN, 86; FORMERLY IN HOUSE; Jersey Republican Won Reputation as Expert on Social Security", The New York Times, September 24, 1980. Accessed February 24, 2011. "Robert Winthrop Kean, a former United States Representative and for years a leading figure in Republican politics in New Jersey, died Sunday in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., from a heart attack. He was 86 years old and lived in Livingston."
- Cook, Joan (September 24, 1980). "Robert W. Kean, 86; Formerly In House. Jersey Republican Won Reputation As Expert On Social Security.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-18. "Robert Winthrop Kean, a former United States Representative and for years a leading figure in Republican politics in New Jersey, died Sunday in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., from a heart attack. He was 86 years old and lived in Livingston."
- Robert Kean at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-01-26
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th congressional district
1939 – 1959
|Party political offices|
Howard Alexander Smith
|Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
Bernard M. Shanley