|Name||Kennard, Thomas P., 1828-1920|
|Othernames||Kennard, Thomas Perkins|
|Places of residence||Nebraska, Lincoln|
|Education||no formal education|
|Notes||Thomas Perkins Kennard was born near Flushing, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1828. At the age of seven his family moved to Indiana, where Kennard lived until coming to Nebraska. In his youth he worked in a woolen manufacturing plant, then joined his brother, Jenkins, in purchasing it. He also began reading law. Selling his interest in the woolen plant, he practiced law in Indiana for several years, then in 1857 moved with his oldest brother, Levi, to the former town of De Soto in Washington County, Nebraska Territory. He soon became involved in Nebraska politics and was elected secretary of state in 1867. In later years he served a short time as a state senator and held several federal appointments, while pursuing an active career as a Lincoln lawyer and businessman. In 1879 he founded the Western Paint and Glass Company, with which he was associated for the rest of his life.|
|Occupation||First Nebraska Secretary of State, elected 1867, serving two terms. As a member of the capital locating commission, was instrumental in locating the capital at Lincoln.|
|Relationships||Kennard, Levi (brother)|
|Spouse||Templeton, Livia Emily|
Chapman, Cora Kennard
Holden, Lou Kennard
|Deceased where||Lincoln, Nebraska|
The collection contains primarily land transaction records for John Irwin of Otoe County, Nebraska. The land covered by the collection was bought and sold in Lancaster, Otoe, and Douglas Counties in the late 1850s to early 1860s. One letter, dated April 13, 1869, is written by Thomas P. Kennard to Irwin concerning the sale of 80 acres of land in Lincoln, Nebraska. Another letter, dated March 11, 1893, is written to Elijah D. Marnell from J. Sterling Morton from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC concerning the employment of Sadie Hawley in Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Rectangular tin can with a round spout on top. Yellow and black label on each side advertises the Western Glass & Paint Company of Lincoln, NE. According to the label, this can contained "Autograph / Varnish - Shellac - Japan / Pure Oil." The address of the company, on the side label, is the corner of 12th and M Streets. Can is empty.