The Marin Journal
Thursday, January 10, 1901
Another Prominent Citizen Died In Nebraska
ALBERT E. KENT of Ross Valley Passes Away on Tuesday, Jan. 8
Marin County mourns the death of another of its prominent wealthy citizens. ALBERT E. KENT, who has resided in Ross Valley, about three miles from San Rafael, died Tuesday, January 8, 1901, at the residence of his niece, Mrs. E.L. Burke at Genoa, Neb., where, with his wife, he had been since Christmas. Mr. Kent had been a resident of Califonia since he left Chicago in 1871, when he retired from active business, having formerly been a prominent and pioneer business man of that city.
At the time of going to press, but little could be learned of the particulars of his death, and the members of his family at home were not yet informed as to the funeral, but it is presumed he will be buried at Chicago where some of his family now reside, others having been buried there. The press dispatches from Chicago give the following account of Mr. Kent:
At San Rafael he built a beautiful residence and there the former active merchant led a quiet life, devoting his time to literature and science.
Mr. Kent was born in Suffield, Conn., September 1, 1830. For over 200 years the Kents had lived in the little town. Many of his ancestors are mentioned in early history of New England, the most prominent being "Chancellor James Kent, author of Kent's Commentaries," the American Blackstone.
Young Kent was a graduate from Yale. In 1853 he was admitted to the bar at Binghamton, N.Y., but never practiced and the same year he came to Chicago, where he established the first great meatpacking-house known to this city. His brother, Sidney, soon joined him and later B.P. Hutchinson, who for years was Chicago's most famous grain speculator, became his partner. At the time of the Chicago fire, Mr. Kent drew heavily on his enormous fortune to aid crippled business houses. Mr. Kent married in 1856 Adeline Dutton of Springfield, N.Y., who survives him.