Addition, 1868-1897, to John Doby Kennedy| Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Front Page 2008 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2008
Five items, 1 July 1868-9 December 1897, expand on the Library’s holdings relating to John Doby Kennedy (1840-1896). | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Four earlier items include a promissory note for $1750 from Kennedy to Jones Bros., of Memphis, Tennessee, and three receipts for life insurance policies taken out in 1869 by A.M. Kennedy on the lives of John D. Kennedy, Alexander D. Kennedy, and A. M. Kennedy, with the Louisiana Equitable Life Insurance Co.
In 1897, the Grand Lodge of A.F.M. in South Carolina issued an “In Memoriam of General John Doby Kennedy,” dated Anno Lucis 9 December 5897. The document gives an outline of Kennedy’s public life and services as a Civil War soldier, politician, and lawyer before expanding upon his Masonic life. Kennedy was among the youngest of the Confederacy’s generals, and during the war, “six times was he severely wounded and no less than fifteen times was he struck by bullets, but he never failed to return to the post of duty at the first moment that he was able.”
Kennedy later served as lieutenant governor of South Carolina and as consul general at Shanghai, China. He was Grand Master of Masons in South Carolina from 1881 to 1883.