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KELLY, John, politician, born in New York city, 21 April, 1821; (1. there, 1 June, 1886. He received a public school education, was apprenticed to the mason's trade, and engaged in business for himself at the age of twenty-four. In 1854 he was elected an alderman, and from this time until his death he was active as a Democratic politician. In 1855 and 1857 he was elected to congress, during his last term was elected sheriff of the county of New York, and in 1876 succeeded Andrew H. Green, by appointment, as comptroller. In 1871 he aided Charles O'Conor, Samuel J. Tilden, and their associates in the struggle against the Tweed ring.
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