Kennedy Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Kennedy family, (Frederick (Fred) A. Kennedy, 1811-)
Kennedy family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Scope and Contents note

The Kennedy family papers consist of seven letters. The earliest (1817) was written by a young woman describing a mid-winter journey home through western New York by wagon sleigh. Five letters in the collection were written by Frederick A. Kennedy to this wife Caroline while he was serving in the Michigan State legislature in Detroit in 1846. Kennedy discusses current actions of the legislature, including the passage of a bill to pay legislators $3.00 per day; and the initial defeat and final passage of a controversial bill for the sale of the Central Railroad. The final letter in the collection was written by Kennedy's son, J. Benton ("Bent"), a Captain in the First Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. The letter, written in a camp near Sharpsburg, Maryland in October 1862, discusses the relative fighting merits of eastern "city" troops and western men in the Union Army. (Capt. Kennedy died a few months later of wounds received in action at Fredricksburg, Virginia). This letter has been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections Januar 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Louise Tefft, 1959-10-16. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865).

Family Name(s)

  • Kennedy family, (Frederick (Fred) A. Kennedy, 1811-)


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- Politics and government
  • New York (State) -- Description and travel
  • Sharpsburg (Md.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Kennedy, Frederick (Fred) A., 1811-
  • Kennedy, J. Benton -- Captain
  • Tefft, Louise


  • Railroads -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Correspondence 1817-1862