KEMBLE, Gouverneur (1786-1875)

KEMBLE, GOUVERNEUR, a Representative from New York; born in New York City January 25, 1786; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1803; engaged in mercantile pursuits; visited Spain in 1816 and while there studied the process of casting cannon; established a cannon foundry at Cold Spring, N.Y.; sent to the Mediterranean as a naval agent during the war with Tripoli; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841); declined the nomination for reelection in 1840; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1846; delegate to the Democratic National conventions in 1844 and 1860; interested in the promotion of the Hudson River and Panama Railroads; died at Cold Spring, Putnam County, N.Y., September 16, 1875; interment in Cold Spring Cemetery.

Putnam County Historical Society
Cold Spring, NY
Papers: In the Fred C. Haida Collection & West Point Foundry Collection, dates unknown, 10 cubic feet.
Gouverneur Kemble and his brother, William Kemble, co-founded the West Point Foundry business. Gouverneur Kemble's documents primarily consist of correspondence with several financial notes, voucher and checks. The first group of correspondence is the Kemble-Rodgers letters (1818-1820). This group contains ten letters between Gouverneur Kemble and a Navy Commander pertaining to orders. The second group of correspondence and various documents is in reference to business orders.


Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC
Papers: Letter, November 18, 1873, 1 item.
Letter from Kemble, Cold Spring, New York, to Frances Anne Kemble.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the papers of Joel Roberts Poinsett, 1779-1851, 8 linear feet.
Correspondents include Gouverneur Kemble.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1853, 1 letter.
Letter of Gouverneur Kemble, 1853.

Papers: In the papers of Matthew Calbraith Perry, 1839-1931, 10 items.
Subjects include Gouverneur Kemble.

Papers: In the papers of the Read family, 1568-1906, 2.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Gouverneur Kemble. A finding aid is available in the library.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1826, 2 items.
A letter from Gouverneur Kemble to F.R. Hassler written on November 25, 1826. In the letter, Gouverneur Kemble writes concerning an agreement with Colonel Thayer.

Papers: 1828, 1 item.
A letter from Gouverneur Kemble to F.R. Hassler written on January 23, 1828. In the letter, Gouverneur Kemble writes concerning payment of a sum of money and mentions people for him to see in Washington.

Papers: 1858, 1 item.
A letter from Gouverneur Kemble to J. Carson Brevoort written on December 29, 1858. In the letter, Gouverneur Kemble writes concerning a Washington manuscript and plans to publish his "remaining notes."


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: In the West Point Foundry Association Collection, 1817-1878, 7 volumes and 30 items.
Persons represented include Gouverneur Kemble.


The New York Public Library
Manuscripts & Archives Section
New York, NY
Papers: In the Washington Irving Papers, 1759-1898, 15 linear feet.
Other authors include Gouverneur Kemble. A finding aid is available in the repository.


The New York Public Library
Manuscripts & Archives Section
New York, NY
Papers: In the Joseph G. Swift Correspondence, 1809-1862, 0.3 linear foot.
Other authors include Gouverneur Kemble. A finding aid is available in the repository.


New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In the records of the West Point Foundry, 1795-1988, ca. 5 cubic feet.
Collection contains the records of the West Point Foundry and papers of Gouverneur Kemble and the Kemble family, including correspondence, accounts, drawings, deeds, promissory notes, agreements, estate papers, and other miscellaneous items.


Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscripts
University Park, PA
Papers: Letter, February 8, 1809, 3 pages.
Letter is written by Kemble to John Gibson containing personal news and discussing starting a subscription for a bust of General Hamilton.