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KENNEDY, George G., secretary of the board of water commissioners, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., November 12, 1864. He is a son of James L. and Martha (Barnard) Kennedy. The ancestors were natives of Juniata county, where the parents of George G. were born, and resided in Mifflintown until 1859, at which date they removed to Harrisburg. James L. was educated in the public schools of Juniata county and learned the trade of a tailor in Mifflintown. When about twenty-one years of age he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, with which he has since been continuously connected, being at present a passenger engineer. He is a member of the select council from the Sixth ward. He married Miss Martha Barnard, of Juniata county, Pa., by whom he had three children.

George G. Kennedy, the eldest son of James L., was born in Harrisburg, November 12, 1864. After completing his education, which he acquired in the public schools, he became an apprentice to the jewelry business with George A. Hutman, and continued in this business until he was twenty-seven years of age, when he engaged in business several years for himself in this city.

On May 2, 1892, he was appointed secretary of the board of commissioners, water and light department, which position he still efficiently and faithfully fills. He is a member of the B. P. O. E., the I. O. R. M., and the Knights of Malta.

He was married in Harrisburg, June 6, 1894, to Miss Flora, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Van Ormer, natives of Juniata county, but at present honored residents of Harrisburg. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy attend Messiah Lutheran church.

Mr. Kennedy is possessed of sound judgement and unimpeachable integrity, and has a clear record and has given the taxpayers conscientious service. Though the rapid increase of the population of the city has imposed additional labor upon him he never complains. Since he was old enough to know the difference between the various political parties Mr. Kennedy has always been with the Republicans. Long before he was of age he was a worker for the older members of the ward and precinct committees, and so valuable were his services that he was connected with the precinct committee since he cast his first vote. He has also served faithfully as secretary of the city committee, and never held an office in the gift of the people until elected to his present position. Mr. Kennedy is commanding in appearance, popular in every walk of life and he has a prosperous future before him.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Gwen Bixler Drivon at for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000

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