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Kane, Elisha Kent

Kane, Elisha Kent (1822-57), American explorer, born in Pennsylvania, entered the United States navy as assistant-surgeon, and accompanied the first Grinnell Expedition in search of Franklin (1850-52) as surgeon and naturalist. He commanded the second Grinnell Expedition (1853), and was only rescued by a relief party after an absence of three years. He published accounts of both expeditions.