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PETER S. KENNEDY
Source: (The Political Graveyard)
Kennedy, Peter (1829-1903) Born in Bourbon County, Ky., July 10, 1829. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1875. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., September 7, 1903. Burial location unknown.
Source: Atlas of Montgomery County (Chicago: Beers, 1878) p. 54
P.S. Kennedy, Attorney. Native of Bourbon Co Ky; settled in this co. 1865.
Source: The Solons of the State as Sketched by the Sentinel Indiana and Ohio the Nativity of the Great Majority of Our Legislators Date: Saturday, January 23, 1875 Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel (Indianapolis, IN) - thanks to Martha Crosley, Vigo County Genweb coordinator (2012) for this one. Greatly appreciated, Martha !
Peter S. Kennedy, representative from Montgomery County, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, July 10, 1829 of Irish< Dutch and Welsh descent. He came to this state in 1853, resided first at Danville until 1865 then he removed to Crawfordsville, where he now lives in luxurous ease, in the suburbs of the city. He began business in life as a blacksmith, but through his own exertions he acquired a good education and attained eminence in the practice of the profession of law. In 1856 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the Indianapolis Circuit, and proved a terror to evil doers in the district bounded by his official limits. Though he has never before been in the Legislature, he has influenced Legislation in a large degree. His friends claim that he is the real author of the law, permitting criminals to testify in their own behalf, and giving the prosecution the closing speech in the case and also the law revising the judicial system of this state, besides several others, in the interest of the public. Before 1856, he was a Whig in politics but a rank Anti-Slaver advocate. Since then he has been a Republicn seeing the evils of the Slavery system in the South. He was an Abolitionist from his earliest boyhood.
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