Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy (HM53O)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 37.843', W 77° 43.444'

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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.
HM NumberHM53O
Placed ByMaryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266210 N 4390318
Decimal Degrees39.63071667, -77.72406667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.843', W 77° 43.444'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 50.58" N, 77° 43' 26.64" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 679-699 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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