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John F. Keator family papers


Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

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John Frisbee Keator (1850-1910) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts and attended Yale University, from which he graduated in 1877. Keator attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated in 1879. He lived in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he practiced law. Keator represented the 21st District in the Pennsylvania Assembly from 1897-1900. He was a Freemason and a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

Keator married Anna Walter Sweatman (1860-1942), also a practicing attorney, in 1885. The couple had 5 children.


Keator, Alfred Decker. Three Centuries of the Keator Family in America. New York: American Historical Company, 1955.

This collection is comprised of materials relating to the political career, work, and personal life of John F. Keator.

The items relating to Keator's political career include: two newspaper clippings scrapbooks on Keator's political career, 1897-1901; political correspondence and speeches, 1890s; and political campaign ephemera, 1890s. The collection documents Keator's campaign for the state assembly fairly well, with correspondence, ephemera, and speeches. There are newspaper clippings from his term of office, but little original documentation of that time.

The items relating to Keator's work and personal life include: a scrapbook with ephemera, tickets and correspondence, 1872-1876; and personal and business correspondence, 1880s-1890s.

The collection also includes materials (chiefly correspondence) of Keator's wife and children dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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