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Stephen Watts Kearny (pronounced /ˈkɑrni/ KAR-nee;, surname also appears as Kearney in some historic sources (August 30, 1794 – October 31, 1848), was one of the foremost antebellum frontier officers of the United States Army. He is remembered for his significant contributions in the Mexican-American War, especially the conquest of California. The Kearny code, which sought to regulate government behavior toward Californios, was named after him.