William Francis Kenny

William Francis Kenny

New York, USA
Death 13 Aug 1951 (aged 82–83)
Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 101830646 · View Source
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William Kenny grew up on the lower East Side with his friend, Alfred E. Smith who went on to become NYS Governor and Presidential candidate. He ran away from home at the age of 13 and made his way to Texas where he "punched cattle" for three years moving on to work on the railroads, mostly as a "pick and shovel gang foreman." Mary E. Hickey became his wife in 1898 when he was earning $13.50 a week. But that soon changed. While still employed by the Edison Company he started a contracting business that went on to make millions. He was a keen investor and made even more on the bullish stock market during the turbulent days of 1929, once making $291,000 on a $1,000 investment. He had apartments all around the city and one in Brooklyn, valued at $1,850,00 in 1925.

Because of his close personal and lifelong relationship with Alfred Smith, he became very involved in politics, supporting his friend throughout his career.

Having grown up in meager beginnings; his father was an FDNY Battalion Chief, William Kenny was philanthropic. The fire department was one of his passions. He and his brother Edward were made honorary Deputy Chiefs for their ongoing involvment and support of the department, including the funding of its first ambulance and searchlight truck.

Mr. Kenny was visiting friends in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania when he died.

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  • Created by: Gary Urbanowicz
  • Added: 6 Dec 2012
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Francis Kenny (1868–13 Aug 1951), Find a Grave Memorial no. 101830646, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Gary Urbanowicz (contributor 47731674) .