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Alexander McConnell Kenaday
Birth: Dec. 8, 1824
Wheeling
Ohio County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 25, 1897
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Secretary of the National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War.

Alexander M. Kenaday became president of the San Francisco Trades Union in 1865. He was a printer and leader of the typographical union. At that time, many workers had to put in ten or twelve hours a day on the job. Kenaday and many of his fellow union leaders tried to pass a state law limiting the work day to eight hours. They gathered 11,000 signatures on a petition, but their bill was defeated in the legislature by a single vote. However, that effort strengthened local campaigns for the eight-hour day. As a result, the San Francisco Morning Call said in 1867, "the eight-hour system is more in vogue in this city than in any part of the world, although there are no laws to enforce it." The unions continued to press for a law requiring an eight-hour day. They finally won in 1868. But employers openly resisted the law. And the California Supreme Court later ruled that the law did not prevent a worker from "agreeing" to work longer hours.

In 1874, in Washington, D.C., a former dragoon sergeant named Alexander M. Kenaday initiated the founding of the National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War. (Kenaday was elected secretary, a post he held until his death in 1897). For the next thirteen years the N.A.V.M.W. lobbied Congress to pass a Mexican War service pension bill. Most of the opposition came from Radical Republican congressmen who represented northern states. They were reluctant to support a Mexican War service pension bill on the grounds that not a few Mexican War veterans had also served in the Confederate army during the War Between the States. Not the least of these was Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy and a colonel of the First Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers during the Mexican War. After Davis renounced any claim to a federal pension if a bill were passed, Congress relented. Ref. www.dmwv.org 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Louise Conniff Kenaday (1844 - 1912)
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
Maintained by: DMWV Graves Registry
Originally Created by: Jay Kelly
Record added: Jul 24, 2009
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Thank You Sir, for your Service and Dedication. I am a proud descendant of a Mexican War Veterans.
- Dale E Qualls
 Added: May. 20, 2011
 
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