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Joseph Nathan Kane

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Joseph Nathan Kane
Born(1899-01-23)January 23, 1899
DiedSeptember 22, 2002(2002-09-22) (aged 103)
Known forReference books
Bertha Roche
(m. 1932)
  • Albert Norman Kane (father)
  • Hulda (Ascheim) Kane (mother)

Joseph Nathan Kane (January 23, 1899 – September 22, 2002) was an American non-fiction writer.[2]


Kane wrote a total of 52 books, some of which are these below.[3]

  • Famous First Facts (1933) H. W. Wilson (New York, NY), Fifth revised edition (1997).
  • More First Facts (1935) H. W. Wilson (New York, NY).
  • What Dog Is That? (1942) Greenberg (New York, NY).
  • Centennial History of King Solomon Lodge, Number 279, Free and Accepted Masons, 1852-1952, King Solomon Lodge, Number 279 F & A.M. (1952) (New York, NY).
  • The Perma Quiz Book, (1956) Permabooks (New York, NY).
  • The Second Perma Quiz Book, (1958) Permabooks (New York, NY).
  • American Counties: Record of Names of 3,067 counties (1960) Scarecrow Press (New York, NY).
  • Nicknames of Cities and States of the United States, Scarecrow Press (1965) (w/ Gerard L. Alexander) New York, NY.
  • Nicknames and Sobriquets of United States Cities, States, and Counties (1979).
  • American Counties: Origins of County Names, Including 1980 Census Figures, Historical Data, and Published Sources (1983).
  • Necessity's Child: Story of Walter Hunt (1997).
  • Presidential Fact Book, (1998) Random House (New York, NY).
  • Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Data, (1959), H. W. Wilson Company (New York, NY), Seventh revised edition (2001).


  1. ^ a b Gale 2002, p. 1.
  2. ^ Severo, Richard (September 27, 2002). "Joseph Nathan Kane Dies; Master of Minutiae Was 103". The New York Times. New York City. p. Obituaries.
  3. ^ "Joseph Kane, Famous Fact-Checker". Newsday. Melville, New York. October 1, 2002. p. 59 – via Newspapers.com Open access icon.


  • Gale (2002). "Gale Biography - Joseph Nathan Kane". Gale Biography. Gale(subscription required){{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)