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 James Gerard Kennedy, I

James Gerard Kennedy, I

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 24 Dec 1997 (aged 90)
Larchmont, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Westchester County, New York
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James Gerard Kennedy I (1907-1997) was the founder, president, and chairman of James G. Kennedy & Company, Inc. (b. February 07, 1907; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA - d. Christmas Eve, December 24, 1997; Larchmont, Westchester County, New York, 10538, USA) Social Security Number 081012772.

James Gerard Kennedy I, and James G. Kennedy.

James was the son of James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926) who worked as a plasterer; and Katherine Carr (1865-1951) aka Kitty Carr. They were both immigrants from Ireland.

February 7, 1907 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Katherine and James had seven children with five living to adulthood: Kathryn Kennedy (1897-1974) aka Sis Kennedy, who married Joseph O'Malley (1893-1985) who was the uncle of Walter Francis O'Malley (1903-1979) the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1950 to 1979; Mary Frances Kennedy (1898-1982) who married Walter M. Hill (1893-1965) who was a taxi driver and movie projectionist; Josephine Kennedy (1899-1900) aka Sarah Kennedy, who died as an infant; Thomas Kennedy (1901-1972) who never married; James Gerard Kennedy I (1902-1903) who died as an infant; and Joseph Kennedy (1905-1983) who never married.

Manhattan, New York:
In 1920 the family was living at West 160th Street in Manhattan, New York City.

James Gerard Kennedy married Antoinette Granato (1916-1942) around 1940 and she died of cancer in 1942 after being hospitalized for 2 months and 14 days.

Florida Institute of Technology:
According to the Florida Institute of Technology: "James G. Kennedy, Sr., was Founder, President, and Chairman of the successful 68-year-old interior construction firm, James G. Kennedy & Co, Inc. Mr. Kennedy began his career as a plasterer for the Davis, Brown Company. His first notable construction project was renovation of Bankers Trust at 14 Wall Street. A landmark project in the company's history was full restoration of the New York Telephone Company, following a devastating fire. A motion picture, 'The Miracle of Second Avenue,' tells the remarkable story of the rebuilding of 'Ma Bell.' A recent, acclaimed project was reconstruction of the Fifth Avenue headquarters of the American Irish Historical Society. Mr. Kennedy was Chairman of the Executive Council of the Society for 25 years. James Kennedy served in World War II as a highly decorated veteran of the Army Corps of Engineers. A Governor of the Downtown Athletic Club, he helped to maintain the integrity of the famous Heisman Trophy. Many accolades for distinguished service were bestowed upon Mr. Kennedy. He was invested into the Order of Knights of Malta; named 'Man of the Year' by the American Jewish Committee; and honored in 1989 by the Dominican Academy as 'Catholic Gentleman' for his generosity in constructing the James G. Kennedy Science Center at the School. He served as President of the Building Contractors Association of the City of New York, and generously supported the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. James G. Kennedy, Sr. died on Christmas Eve, 1997, survived by his wife, the former Rita Masset, and by their son, James G. Kennedy Jr., President of the family firm". They also wrote that "James G. Kennedy, Sr., devoted a lifetime to building and preserving the best that we have. Close to the end of his lifetime, he built a rare book room, a safe home for records of the story of the Irish in America".

American Irish Historical Society:
The New York Times on November 24, 1991: A $200,000 renovation of the building that houses the American Irish Historical Society in Manhattan is expected to be finished within the next few weeks. The exterior work on the building at 991 Fifth Avenue, between 80th and 81st Streets, began in June and is complete except for some small repairs to the roof and skylights. The most dramatic changes are a restoration of the balconies and Neo-Georgian, brick facade. Interior renovations, which began a year ago, included preserving the society's 20,000-volume library and artifact collection. The building's original chandeliers have been rehung, and many of the paintings have been restretched and cleaned. The contractor was James G. Kennedy Company of Manhattan. "This was an enormous amount of work," said Dr. Kevin M. Cahill, the president-general of the society. "It has been 90 years since something like this was done." The building, designed by Turner and Killian in 1901, was occupied by several wealthy owners, among them William E. Corey 3d, a former president of U.S. Steel, now USX. The society, founded with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt in the 1890's, moved in in 1930. It offers classes in Gaelic, harp concerts and political discussions dealing with the Irish immigrant experience in the United States.

James Gerard Kennedy I (1907-1997) was the first cousin, twice removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). He was the uncle of Anne Elizabeth O'Malley (1933- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on July 28, 2003.


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  • Added: 28 Jul 2003
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