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Kern family of Indianapolis, Indiana

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John W. Kern John Worth Kern (1849-1917) — also known as John W. Kern — of Kokomo, Howard County, Ind.; Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Alto, Howard County, Ind., December 20, 1849. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1870; Indiana reporter of state courts, 1885-89; member of Indiana state senate, 1893-97; candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1900, 1904; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1904, 1908, 1912 (chair, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1916; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1908; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1911-17; defeated, 1916. Member, American Bar Association; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Died of tuberculosis and uremic poisoning, in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., August 17, 1917 (age 67 years, 240 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Botetourt County, Va.; reinterment in 1929 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Jacob Kern and Nancy (Ligget) Kern; married, November 10, 1869, to Annie Hazzard; married, December 23, 1885, to Araminta Cooper; father of John Worth Kern Jr..
  Political family: Kern family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, August 1908
  Araminta Cooper Kern (c.1866-1951) — also known as Araminta C. Kern; Araminta Cooper; Mrs. John W. Kern — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born about 1866. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928; candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana. Female. Died, in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., March 4, 1951 (age about 85 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, December 23, 1885, to John Worth Kern; mother of John Worth Kern Jr..
  Political family: Kern family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
  John Worth Kern Jr. (1900-1971) — also known as John W. Kern — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., July 7, 1900. Democrat. Lawyer; superior court judge in Indiana, 1931-34; mayor of Indianapolis, Ind., 1935-37; resigned 1937. Presbyterian. Member, Phi Gamma Delta; Freemasons. At age 8, his legs were paralyzed by polio. Died January 29, 1971 (age 70 years, 206 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of John Worth Kern and Araminta Cooper Kern; married, April 30, 1927, to Bernice Winn.
  Political family: Kern family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
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