(1776-1832)The Maryland Constitution in 1818 maintained religious test requirements that effectively prohibited Jews from being elected to state office. Kennedy, a Scottish Presbyterian immigrant, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1817 from Washington County. Kennedy believed religious discrimination was wrong. He began a bitter, eight-year struggle culminating in 1826 with the constitutional changes that freed Jewish citizens of Maryland from political discrimination. Kennedy also served in the Maryland Senate and established the 'Hagerstown Mail' newspaper. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetary.
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|Placed By||Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:51am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 266210 N 4390318|
|Decimal Degrees||39.63071667, -77.72406667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 37.843', W 77° 43.444'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 37' 50.58" N, 77° 43' 26.64" W|
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|Area Code(s)||240, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 679-699 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US|
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