Ambrose Jerome Kennedy

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For the Rhode Island politician, see Ambrose Kennedy.

Ambrose Jerome Kennedy (January 6, 1893 – August 29, 1950) was a U.S. Representative from Maryland.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Kennedy attended parochial schools, Calvert Hall College, and Polytechnic Institute. He was employed as a clerk for an insurance company from 1909 to 1924, and engaged in the brokerage and insurance business in 1924. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1918, and served as member of the Baltimore City Council from 1922 to 1926. He served in the Maryland Senate in 1928 and 1929, and served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1928 and 1932. He was appointed parole commissioner of Maryland in 1929 and served until elected to Congress.

Kennedy was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Charles Linthicum and on the same day was elected to the Seventy-third Congress. He was reelected to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from November 8, 1932 to January 3, 1941. In Congress, he served as chairman of the Committee on Claims (Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses), but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1940. He resumed the brokerage and insurance business in Baltimore, and also served as member of the State Unemployment Compensation Board from June 1943 to September 1945. He died in Baltimore, and is interred in the New Cathedral Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Charles Linthicum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Ambrose Meyer

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