Biography of John A. Kennedy
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JOHN A. KENNEDY.
Among the men who by their faithful and indefatigable efforts are contributing to the splendid success which has characterized the operation of the State Hospital at Napa, John A. Kennedy occupies a very responsible position, being chief engineer, in which capacity he has charge of all the machinery in the institution. He is a thoroughly practical man in his line and he has proven himself eminently qualified for the place which he so acceptably fills. Mr. Kennedy was born at Scranton, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Hugh and Mary (Donegan) Kennedy. His father was a mechanic by occupation and for many years was prominent in labor circles. Both parents are now deceased.

John A. Kennedy was educated in the public schools of his native city, and he was then apprenticed to the boiler maker's and machinist's trade, at which he was employed for a number of years in Pennsylvania. In 1884 he came to California, locating first in San Francisco, where he was employed at his trade, and he was also thus engaged in various other cities of this state and in Mexico. While in San Francisco he established a machine shop of his own and subsequently became connected with the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, having entire charge of all of its repair work for about fifteen years. Mr. Kennedy then came to Napa and became an employe of the Napa State Hospital as a steamfitter, in which capacity he continued until January, 1923, when his faithful and skillful service was recognized by his promotion to the position of chief engineer, the place which he now fills. Great responsibility devolves upon him, but he has discharged his duties in a manner that has demonstrated his ability and trustworthiness,

Mr. Kennedy was married to Miss Mary E. Meyers, who was born and reared in San Francisco, a daughter of J. F. Meyers. To this union have been born seven children, namely: John J., who is a veteran of the World war; Josie; Bert, who also is a veteran of the World war and saw service overseas; Leo, who was in the United States navy during the World war; Harry, who likewise enlisted for service during the war; and Vincent and Clement. Politically Mr. Kennedy has always given his support to the republican party and has been deeply interested in the trend of public events, especially such as affect the welfare and prosperity of his own community. Fraternally he is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and belongs to the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Mr. Kennedy is very fond of music and is an accomplished player of the cornet and violin. He is a man of splendid personal qualities, friendly, accommodating, generous and kindly, and he has long stood high in the esteem and regard of his associates and friends.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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