Skip to main content

Kennedy, Edward



  • Existence: 1894-


Edward Eugene Kennedy was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, on April 12, 1894. He began his career as a livestock and grain farmer in Iowa and Minnesota. From 1931 to 1937, he was secretary/treasurer of the National Farmers Union. He also worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Kennedy founded the National Farmers Guild in 1939. In 1942, he became associated with John L. Lewis' attempt to organize dairy farmers into a union. After that failed, Kennedy stayed with District 50 of the United Mine Workers of America as a research director and economist from 1942 to 1970. He became the Chief Judge of Orphan's Court in Howard County, Maryland, in 1971. He served as president of the Maryland Association of Probate Judges. Kennedy was active in many other civic and political organizations, including member of the county council for Howard County and member of Maryland's Democratic Central Committee.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Edward Kennedy Papers

Identifier: MsC0442

Judge, economist, statistician, and union official. Papers relating primarily to Kennedy's activities with the National Farmers' Union in the 1930s. Also contains subject files relating to his work as a probate judge and with the United Mine Workers of America.

Dates: 1921-1983; Majority of material found within 1930-1939