John P. Kennedy (1795-1870)

John Pendleton Kennedy was an author, lawyer, and statesman. Kennedy did not like the law and a family inheritance enabled him to have a life of leisure. The last forty years of his life he devoted to writing. "Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt" (1842) was his last major work. He also wrote political pamphlets and articles. In 1838 he was elected as a Whig to fill a vacancy in Congress, and was reelected in 1840 and 1842. In 1852 he was appointed secretary of the Navy by President Fillmore. He organized Matthew Perry's expedition to Japan. He left office in 1853, but continued to write and speak, notably against secession.

Date:
1868 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES18575
Photographer:
Lacomb and Lacroix
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1208px
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