Statesman and author; born in Baltimore, Md.
, Oct. 25, 1795; graduated at the University
in 1812; admitted to the bar in 1816; elected to the House of Delegates, Maryland, in 1820; to the House of Representatives in 1838; was a member of the twenty-fifth, twenty-seventh, and twenty-eighth Congresses; elected speaker of the Maryland
House of Delegates in 1846; appointed Secretary of the Navy
under President Fillmore
Among his works are a Review of Mr. Cambreling's free-trade report
; A Memorial on domestic industry
; A report on the commerce and navigation of the United States, by the committee of commerce
, of which Mr. Kennedy
was chairman; and also a Report on the warehouse system
by the same committee; Life of William Wirt
; Discourses on the life of William Wirt
, and George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore
. Mr. Kennedy
as an author is, however, best known by his novels, Swallow barn
; A sojourn in the old Dominion
; Horse-shoe Robinson: a tale of the Tory ascendency
; Rob of the bowl, a legend of St. Inigoes
, a story of colonial Maryland
He died in Newport, R. I.
, Aug. 28, 1870.