Howard Angus Kennedy

Death 15 Feb 1938 (aged 76)
Burial Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Memorial ID 108180851 · View Source
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The Montreal Gazette - Feb 16, 1938 newspaper
76-Year-Old Journalist Covered Riel Rebellion for Montreal Witness
Came to Canada in 1881 to farm but built Career for Himself as Newspaperman & Writer
The death of Howard Angus Kennedy, noted author and newspaperman, and one of the last surviving correspondents who covered the Riel Rebellion in 1885, occurred yesterday morning at the Ross Memorial Pavilion, Royal Victoria Hospital. His illness was brief. He was in his 77th year.
During the past ten years his whole time had been devoted to the Canadian Authors' Association for which he was an enthusiast and whose members he regarded as personal friends to be encouraged, advised or defended, as occasion arose. Among his best known books were: "The Story of The Empire, " series which he edited, writing "The Story of Canada" himself; "The Book of The World"; and two favorites of children, "The New World Fairy Book," and more recently, "The Red Man's Wonder Book."
He was one of Canada's outstanding publicists and during the 20 years he edited the Times Weekly in London he came to Canada nearly every year and lectured on it all over England.
Born in London December 27, 1861, Mr. Kennedy was the younger son of the late Rev. John Kennedy, M.A., D.D., F.R.G.S., and Helen Stodart Blackie, sister of the late Prof. John Stuart Blackie. He was educated in the City of London School until 1877, when he commenced a three-year employment with a London mercantile and shipping firm for whom he traveled at one time through the West Indies. Coming to Canada in 1881 with the intention of learning farming, he became, instead, a journalist.
His first Canadian newspaper connection was with The Montreal Daily Witness, for which he covered the Riel Rebellion of 1885. He was at the same time war correspondent for The New York Herald. On his return to Montreal he was appointed city editor of The Witness, a position he held until 1890, when he returned to England to become editor of The Times Weekly. This position he held until 1910.
One the formation of the new Prairie Provinces in 1905, he was sent to Canada by The Times as its special correspondent, and in the three years following he toured Ontario and the Maritime Provinces on the invitation of the Dominion Government to write a series of booklets on these regions.
In 1912 he came back to Canada, which he always considered his home, and bought a large farm in Alberta and, with his son as helper, thought to put into effect his earliest ambition, to be a farmer. The Great War cut that episode short.
In 1916, he was invited to Ottawa for war work, and became editor and writer for the Economics and Development Commissions. Later he was organizer of the publishing department of the Military Hospital Commission, and was head of the editorial branch of the Department of Soldiers" Civil Re-establishment until the Armistice, when he resigned, to devote his time to writing books, of which he published 17, in addition to a countless number of articles and booklets.
Mr. Kennedy was a charter member of the Canadian Authors" Association, formed in 1921, and became its national secretary in 1929, holding that office to his death, in addition to heading the Montreal branch for a number of years.
While in England in 1891 he formed the Men's Union Club of Stepney, London and was its chairman to the time of his death. His interest in educational affairs was strong and from 1900 to 1903 he was the elected member of the London School Board for Hackney, in addition to being on the governing bodies of Homerton (Teachers' Training) College, Cambridge; and New College, Hampstead. His interest in educational matters was also shown in another form, in that he was the author of several historical readers, based on events he had seen.
In 1886 he married Louise Chapman of Nashville, Tennessee. There were two children, Mrs. Helen Louise Barrett, of London, and Roderick Stuart Kennedy, of Montreal.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Jos. C. Wray and Bro., 1234 Mountain street.

Ottawa Citizen - Feb 15, 1938
Howard Kennedy Dies In Montreal Hospital
Canadian Press
MONTREAL, Feb. 15 Author and former newspaperman, Howard Angus Kennedy died in hospital here today at the of 76. He was correspondent for the Montreal Daily Witness and New York Herald covering the Riel Rebellion in 1885.
During the war, Mr. Kennedy was editor and writer for the economics commission at Ottawa and organizer of the publishing department of the Military Hospital Commission and the Soldiers Civil Re-establishment Department.
His widow, formerly Louise Chapman, Nashville, TN, survives with a son, Roderick Stewart Kennedy of Montreal, and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Louise Barrett, London, Eng.

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