Robert P. Kennedy

Robert Patterson Kennedy ( born January 23, 1840 in Bellefontaine, Ohio; † May 6, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1891 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Kennedy attended the public schools of his home. During the Civil War he served as an officer of volunteers from Ohio in the army of the Union. He rose to 1865 up to brigadier general of volunteers. After a subsequent law degree in 1866 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Bellefontaine to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. Between 1878 and 1883 he was head of the fourth Federal financial district in Ohio; 1885 to 1887 he served as lieutenant governor of his state.

In the congressional elections of 1886, Kennedy was the eighth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Little on March 4, 1887. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1891 two legislative sessions. In 1890 he gave up another candidacy.

In 1899, Robert Kennedy was appointed by President William McKinley as President of the Insular Commission, which investigated the conditions in Cuba and Puerto Rico. He died on 6 May 1918 in Columbus, and was buried in Bellefontaine. Kennedy was married twice and had four children.