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Prepared by William M. Meloy, June 1996; Revised by Stephanie Wachalec, November 6, 2003; Last Updated: December 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1818-2004
Bulk Dates: 1864-1903
Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Processing Information: Originally processed under the archives identification D.7.6 and (Dudley Weaver) archives identification D.7.22.1.
Zenas Kent (1786-1865), father of Marvin Kent, was an early settler of Portage County, an entrepreneur who established Kent's flour mill, a cotton mill, a tannery and various other business enterprises, the president of the Kent National Bank, and the treasurer of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad.
Marvin Kent (1816-1908), the son of Zenas Kent, was a merchant of Kent, Ohio, the planner, promoter, developer, and first president of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad [now a part of the Erie Lackawanna system], president of the Kent National Bank, Ohio State Senator [Republican], 1876-1878, and a prominent Portage County citizen.
William Stewart Kent (1847-1923), the son of Marvin Kent, was a merchant of Kent, Ohio, the president of the Kent National Bank, publisher of the Kent Courier, and the instrumental figure in bringing Kent Normal School [now Kent State University] to the city of Kent.
Biographical data obtained from:
L. Vernon Briggs, Genealogies of the Different Families Bearing the Name of Kent in the United States. . . . (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill Press, 1898).
James B. Holm, ed., Portage Heritage (Ravenna: Portage County Historical Society, 1957).
[n.a.], History of Portage County, Ohio (Chicago: Warner, Beers, & Co., 1885).
Scope and Content: This collection contains the papers primarily of Marvin Kent's family, of Kent, Ohio, and includes business and personal correspondence, brochures, cards, receipts and bills, and other miscellaneous papers, covering the years 1864-1903. The bulk of the correspondence falls into two distinct time periods: the decade of the 1860s and the decade of the 1900s, and consists primarily of the incoming business correspondence of Marvin Kent (1900s) and the incoming personal correspondence of his son William S. Kent (1860s).
Series 5 contains Dudley Weaver's collection of Kent Family papers, formerly a separate collection. Weaver, a local historian with a lifelong interest in Kent and Portage County collected copies of letters, photographs and newspaper clippings about the various members of the Kent family.
Description of Series
Series 1 consists of 24 items of correspondence, 1864-1898. The bulk is confined to the 1860s, and much of it is the personal correspondence of William S. Kent.
Series 2 consists of 36 items of correspondence, 1900, 1901, and 1902, all to Marvin Kent. Most letters concern Kent's varied business and financial interests. Two are personal letters of condolence at the time of the death of Kent's wife, Maria Stewart Kent.
Series 3 consists of 33 items of correspondence, 1903. All but two are incoming business letters of Marvin Kent. There are two letterpress copies of outgoing letters of Marvin Kent.
Series 4 consists of miscellaneous items including business cards, receipts, bills, envelopes, newspaper clippings, and advertisements.
Series 5 Dudley Weaver's collection of Kent Family information.
Acquisition Information: The collection was donated by George B. Towner, Sr., of Brady Lake, Ohio, who retrieved them from the Kent home prior to its transfer to the Masonic Order.
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