John J. Kennedy (Republic of Texas politician)
|John J. Kennedy|
|Buried at||Hallsville, Texas|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
Republic of Texas
Confederate States of America
|Service/branch|| United States Army
Confederate States Army
|Years of service||1832–36 (USA)
1836–1846 (Republic of Texas)
|Rank|| First Lieutenant (USA)
|Commands held||Company K, "Clough Rangers"
17th Texas Cavalry
|Other work||Sheriff of Harrison County, Texas|
John Joseph Kennedy (1813–1880) was a Scotch-Irish American lawyer and sheriff of Harrison County, Texas that helped end the Regulator-Moderator War in East Texas. He was an artillery officer in the United States Army and a cavalry captain for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Kennedy was also a Freemason and member of Marshall Lodge #22.
He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army under General Abraham Eustis in the Black Hawk War and Second Seminole War. In 1836 he immigrated to the Republic of Texas receiving a 1,240 acre land grant from Anson Jones. He and his brother-in-law, Joseph Upton Fields, ended the Regulator-Moderator War while he was sheriff of Harrison County, Texas. Kennedy was also a Harrison County commissioner.
Kennedy ran for the Texas Senate campaigning against the Compromise of 1850. He was initially declared the winner, but then was defeated. According to the 1860 United States Census Kennedy owned 21 slaves, making him a planter.
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