On Law: Don't make the FBI a whipping boy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The 10-member presidential commission formed to ferret out government failures that led to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has a chance to do an enormous
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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Bush taps ex-N.J. gov to lead 9-11 panel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush on Monday named former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean to lead the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Kean replaces Henry Kissinger who was tapped to serve as chairman of the joint commission less than a m
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter

Bush names Kean as 9-11 chairman

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) --

Big spender to run for Senate in N.J.

TRENTON, N.J., June 5 (UPI) -- A successful entrepreneur who spent several millions of dollars of his own money has become the Republican nominee in the effort to unseat U.S. Sen. Robert Torr
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Thomas Kean
Former Governor of New Jersey and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission Thomas Kean testifies before a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on nuclear and radiological threats to the United States, in Washington on March 28, 2006 (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Thomas Howard Kean ( /ˈkeɪn/; born April 21, 1935) is an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 48th Governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. Kean is best known globally, however, for his 2002 appointment as Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, widely known as the 9/11 Commission, which was responsible for investigating the causes of the September 11, 2001 attacks and providing recommendations to prevent future terrorist attacks. He was appointed to this post by U.S. President George W. Bush. Upon the completion of his second term as Governor, he served as the president of Drew University for 15 years, until his retirement in 2005.

Kean was born in New York City to a long line of New Jersey politicians. His mother was Elizabeth Howard and his father, Robert Kean, was a U.S. Representative. His grandfather Hamilton Fish Kean and great-uncle John Kean both served as U.S. Senators. His second great-uncle was Hamilton Fish, a U.S. Senator, governor of New York, and Secretary of State. Kean's relative, William Livingston, was a delegate to the Continental Congress and the first governor of New Jersey.

Kean was initially educated at The Potomac School in Washington, D.C. When he reached the fourth grade, he entered St. Albans School. In 1946, at the age of eleven, his parents then enrolled him at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts, the alma mater of his father and two older brothers.

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