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Jonas Kendall

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Jonas Kendall was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, father of Joseph Gowing Kendall.

Background

Born in Leominster, Massachusetts.

Career

He engaged in the manufacture of paper in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1796. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1800, 1801 from 1803 to 1807, and 1821. He served in the State senate 1808–1811. He served as member of the school board in 1803, 1811, and 1814. He served as member of the executive council in 1822. He served as presidential elector on the Federalist ticket in 1816.

Kendall was elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress. He resumed the manufacture of paper. He died in Leominster, Massachusetts, October 22, 1844. He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.

Connections

Son:
Joseph Gowing Kendall

Politics

The Federalist Party was the first American political party, from the early 1790s to 1816, the era of the First Party System, with remnants lasting into the 1820s. The Federalists controlled the federal government until 1801. The party was formed by Alexander Hamilton, who, during George Washington's first term, built a network of supporters, largely urban bankers and businessmen, to support his fiscal policies. These supporters grew into the Federalist Party committed to a fiscally sound and nationalistic government. The United States' only Federalist president was John Adams; although George Washington was broadly sympathetic to the Federalist program, he remained an independent his entire presidency.