Member Biography

Thomas Kennedy 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1790-1791         Democratic-Republican
1791-1792         Democratic-Republican
1792-1793         Democratic-Republican
1793-1794         Democratic-Republican

COUNTIES: Cumberland, Mifflin  


1745 - 03/09/1831

Captain Thomas Kennedy (Democratic-Republican) Cumberland and Mifflin Counties 1790-1794

Early Life:

Captain Thomas Kennedy, born 1745, Somerset County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of Reverend William and Mary Ann Henderson Kennedy; married, Martha Brown, 1773 (d.1781), children, Judge John Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy Jr., Jane Kennedy, Nancy Agnes Kennedy; married, Margaret Howard McFarland, 1783, children, William Kennedy, Anna Kennedy, Elizabeth Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, William Kennedy, James McFarlane Kennedy, Hugh Kennedy, Samuel Hugh Kennedy, James Kennedy; resided, South Middleton Township, Cumberland County; captain, 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, Cumberland County Pennsylvania Militia, 1777; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1790-1794; Pennsylvania Sheriff, Somerset County, 1795, reelected, 1801, reelected, 1807; died, March 9, 1831 (aged 85–86) Somerset County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Big Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Captain, Cumberland County Pennsylvania Militia, 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, under Colonel John Davis, took an oath of allegiance, 1777; paid, Pennsylvania Supply Tax, 1782; Daughters American Revolution, Patriot Ancestor listing.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Cumberland and Mifflin Counties 1790-1794; original member, Pennsylvania State Senate.

Pennsylvania Sheriff, Somerset County, 1795, reelected, 1801, reelected, 1807.



Sacred to the memory of Thomas Kennedy who departed this life March 9 AD 1831 in the 87th year of his age.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members K"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

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Capt Thomas Kennedy (1745-1831) - Find a Grave Memorial