Member Biography

Joseph P. Kennedy 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1881-1882       2 Democrat
1883-1884       2 Democrat
1885-1886       2 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


12/09/1857 - 06/19/1886

Joseph P. Kennedy (D2) Philadelphia County 1881-1886

Early Life: 

Joseph P. Kennedy born December 9, 1857, County Antrim, Ireland, son of W.J. Kennedy; admitted Philadelphia bar, 1879; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1881-1886; died in office, June 19, 1886, (age 28) residence, pneumonia; interment, Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Office boy, Law Office of John Cochran, his predecessor in the Senate. (i)  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia County, November 1881 (age 23, to fill unexpired term Senator John Cochran); re-elected in 1882; died in office, June 19, 1886. Member, Judiciary Local, Legislative Apportionment and Municipal Affairs Committees.  


At the time, the youngest Senator, 23.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1885) Smull, J.A., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 810, 843, 849-851.

          (i) Public Weekly Opinion (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania) Friday June 18, 1886, Page 3