John A. Kennedy (1803-1873)
John Alexander Kennedy was superintendent of police in New York. He began as superintendent of Castle Garden, where he protected emigrants from swindlers. In 1860 he became superintendent of the Metropolitan police. In February 1861 he foiled an assassination attempt on the life of President Lincoln by sleeping with a gun in the berth opposite Lincoln's on a train to Washington. On July 3, 1863, during the New York City draft riots, he was attacked by a mob and beaten until he was unrecognizable. He never fully recovered from his wounds.
- 1868 circa 5 years
- Original Format:
- Carte de Visite
- Jeremiah Gurney
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