Biography of John J. Kennedy
Erie County, NY Biographies

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Kennedy, John J., Buffalo, alderman of the Nineteenth ward, is one of a family of three sons of Patrick Kennedy, a native of Ireland, and was born in Buffalo, N. Y., in July, 1856. He was educated in St. Joseph's College. When a young man he was employed on the docks, where he obtained that experience and knowledge of human nature which subsequently proved of great value in business affairs, and finally he took large contracts for handling freight. During the years 1895, 1896 and 1897 he was associated with his uncle, James Kennedy, in handling all the grain that came by boat to Buffalo harbor. In 1890 he formed a copartnership with John H. Cannon and engaged in the restaurant business at the corner of West Eagle and Pearl streets. From early manhood Mr. Kennedy has been an active and influential factor in the affairs of the city and county, attending as a delegate numerous local and State conventions and being a recognized leader of his party in all its councils. He has always been a Democrat. Since 1884 he has served continuously as alderman of the Nineteenth (formerly the Eighth) ward, and in January, 1898, was unanimously elected president of the Board of Aldermen. Since 1896 he has been a prominent and influential member of the Democratic State Committee. He is a member of several social and benevolent organizations, a man of great force of character and good business ability, a popular, enterprising and progressive citizen.


Source:
Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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