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Patrick J. Kennedy

Born: Jan 14, 1858

Death: May 18, 1929

Birthplace: Boston

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Patrick J. Kennedy

Date of Birth : Jan 14, 1858
Date of Death : May 18, 1929
Birth Place : Boston

Patrick Joseph "P. J." Kennedy was an American businessman and politician, a major figure in the Democratic Party in Boston, and the grandfather of President John F. Kennedy. The son of Irish immigrants, he was the only surviving male in the family, following two outbreaks of cholera, and started work at fourteen as a stevedore in the docks. He owned three saloons and a whisky import house, and eventually had major interests in coal and banking. He moved successfully into politics, as a sociable man able to mix comfortably with both the Irish and the Protestant elite, and he sat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and in the Massachusetts Senate. His particular talent was for the behind-the-scenes machinations for which Boston politics became so notorious.


  • Politician
  • Businessperson

Also known as

  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Patrick Joseph Kennedy
  • P. J. Kennedy


  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Bridget Murphy


  • Mary Augusta Hickey Kennedy


  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
  • Mary Loretta Kennedy
  • Francis Benedict Kennedy
  • Margaret Louise Kennedy
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