William Kennedy (New Jersey)

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William Kennedy
Acting Governor of New Jersey
In office
June 19, 1815 – October 26, 1815
Preceded by William Sanford Pennington
Succeeded by Mahlon Dickerson
Personal details
Born ca. 1775 (1775)
Sussex County, Province of New Jersey, British America
Died 1826 (aged 50–51)
Political party Democratic-Republican Party

William Kennedy (ca. 1775 – 1826) was an American Democratic-Republican Party politician from Sussex County. He served in the State Assembly 1804–06 and 1808–11 where he was Speaker for the 1810 and 1811 sessions. He was elected to the New Jersey Legislative Council, the precursor to the New Jersey Senate, from 1813 to 1815. He served as Vice-President of Council from 1814 to 1815. In that capacity he was the acting governor of New Jersey from June 19, 1815, when Governor William Sanford Pennington resigned to become a federal judge,[1] to October 26, 1815.[2] He was succeeded as governor by Mahlon Dickerson.

Kennedy is excluded from many official listings, in spite of the fact that he acted as governor for about four months.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "New Jersey Governor William Sanford Pennington". NGA.org. National Governors Association. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rick J. Brown. "State Facts – New Jersey". HistoryBuff. The Newspaper Collectors Society of America. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William Sanford Pennington
Acting Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Mahlon Dickerson