John Lauderdale Kennedy Edit Profile
Educated Uplawmoor Public school, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Came to the United States when 19. Farmed in La Salle Company, Illinois, 4 years.
Attended Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, but did not graduate. Honorary Bachelor of Arts, A.M., 1898, Doctor of Laws, 1915, Knox. Bachelor of Laws, State University of Iowa, 1882.
Born in Ayrshire, Scotland on October 27, 1854, he immigrated in 1874 to the United States and settled and farmed in LaSalle County, Illinois. He passed the bar and briefly set up practice in Omaha, Nebraska being elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth United States Congress. He served from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1907, unsuccessfully running for reelection in 1906.
He resumed practicing law in Omaha and became a member and chairman pro tempore of the board of fire and police commissioners for the city of Omaha in 1907 and 1908. He was the chairman of the Republican State committee in 1911 and 1912. He ran unsuccessfully for election to the United States Senate from Nebraska in 1916.
He was the Federal fuel administrator for Nebraska from October 1917 to March 1919. He was also the president of the United States National Bank from 1920 to 1925 and president of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce in 1924 and 1925. He retired in January 1933 and moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where he died August 30, 1946.
He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Member 59th Congress (1905-1907), 2d Nebraska District.
Married Marguerite Pritchett, of Omaha, November 29, 1905. Children: John Hanscom, Edward Lauderdale, Katharine Virginia.