Biography of John Kennedy
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

John Kennedy, postmaster, was born September 22d, 1827, in Canada West. Here he was reared and received his education at the public and normal schools. He afterwards taught school several years. In 1853, came to Traverse de Sioux, Minnesota. The next spring he went to. Mendota, Dakota county, and was book-keeper for General Sibley until January, 1856. He then resigned to take the office of register of deeds, having been elected during the fall of 1855. This position he held six years. In August, 1862, he organized Company F, Seventh Minnesota Infantry, paying all the expenses of organizing, as to uniforms, arms, transportation, etc., the company being mustered in at Fort Snelling, with Mr. Kennedy as. captain. Served until mustered out at Fort Snelling August 16th, 1865, with the rank of major, which he received March 13th, 1865, for gallant conduct at the battle before Nashville, Tennessee. Returning to Hastings after the war, he was elected in 1866 auditor of Dakota county, which office he held until entering upon his duties as postmaster of Hastings in 1873.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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