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Martin John Kennedy (August 29, 1892 – October 27, 1955) was an American politician from New York. A real estate and insurance broker in New York City, Kennedy is most notable for his service as a Democratic member of the New York State Senate (1924-1930) and the United States House of Representatives (1930-1945).

Martin J. Kennedy
Martin J. Kennedy.jpg
From 1944's Pictorial Directory of the War Congress: 78th Congress, 2nd Session
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
April 11, 1930 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byJohn F. Carew
Succeeded byVito Marcantonio
Member of the New York State Senate from the 18th District
In office
Preceded bySalvatore A. Cotillo
Succeeded byJohn T. McCall
Personal details
Born(1892-08-29)August 29, 1892
New York City, New York
DiedOctober 27, 1955(1955-10-27) (aged 63)
New York City, New York
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery, Queens, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materColumbia University
College of the City of New York
OccupationReal estate broker
Insurance broker


Kennedy was born in New York City on August 29, 1892. He attended the public schools, and graduated from Columbia University in 1909; and from the College of the City of New York in 1914. Then he engaged in the real estate and insurance business, and entered politics.

He served in the United States Army Intelligence during World War I; and was Chairman of the New York City School Board from 1918 to 1924.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (18th D.) from 1924 to 1930, sitting in the 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th, 151st, 152nd and 153rd New York State Legislatures.

Kennedy was elected as a Democrat to the 71st United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John F. Carew, and was re-elected to the seven succeeding Congresses, holding office from April 11, 1930, to January 3, 1945. Afterwards he resumed the real estate and insurance business.

He died on October 27, 1955, in New York City. He was buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Queens.[1]




  • Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.

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