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Patrick H. Kelley

Patrick Henry Kelley (October 7, 1867 – September 11, 1925) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as U.S. Representative from Michigan's 6th congressional district from 1915-1923.


Kelley was born in Silver Creek Township, Cass County, Michigan, near Dowagiac. In 1875, he moved to Berrien County with his parents, who settled in Watervliet. He attended the district and village schools and in 1887 graduated from the Northern Indiana Normal School in Valparaiso. He taught school at Fair Plain in Berrien County for several years. He attended the Michigan State Normal School at Ypsilanti (now Eastern Michigan University) and then graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1900. He was admitted to the bar the same year, commenced practice in Lansing and was a law partner [1] with Seymour H. Person.

Kelley served as a member of the State board of education 1901-1905, as the State superintendent of public instruction 1905-1907, and as the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan 1907-1911 serving under Governor Fred M. Warner. In 1912, he was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third United States Congress as an at-large candidate for an increase in Michigan's Congressional delegation as a result of the 1910 census, technically becoming the first to represent the 13th district. He was then re-elected to the four succeeding Congresses from Michigan's 6th congressional district.

In 1922, Kelley did not seek renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate, losing in the Republican primary to Charles E. Townsend. He resumed the practice of law in Lansing. He died while on a visit to Washington, D.C. and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing.


  • United States Congress. "Patrick H. Kelley (id: K000061)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Maitland
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
1907 – 1911
Succeeded by
John Q. Ross
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
United States Representative at-large (13th Congressional District) of Michigan
1913 – 1915
Succeeded by
Charles Archibald Nichols
Preceded by
Samuel W. Smith
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Michigan
1915 – 1923
Succeeded by
Grant M. Hudson