William Kennedy (North Carolina)

William Kennedy ( * July 31, 1768 in Washington, North Carolina, † October 11, 1834 ) was an American politician. Between 1803 and 1815 he represented several times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Kennedy studied until 1782 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1802 Kennedy was the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Robert Williams on March 4, 1803. Until March 3, 1805 he was initially able to complete only one term in Congress. During this period fell by President Jefferson incurred Louisiana Purchase, by which the territory of the United States was considerably enlarged. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

In the 1808 elections, Kennedy was re-elected in the third district of his state in Congress, where he replaced Thomas Blount on March 4, 1809 which was in 1805 became his successor. Since he lost again against Blount in the following elections in 1810, he could again spend only one term in the U.S. House of Representatives until March 3, 1811. After the death of Thomas Blount Kennedy was re-elected as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives at the due election, where he took his old seat on 30 January 1813. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1815 Congress. This period was marked by the events of the British - American War.

After retiring from Congress in 1815 William Kennedy has had no further political office. He died on 11 October 1834 in his native Washington.