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KENNEDY, Joseph Camp Griflith, statistician, born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1 April, 1813; died in Washington, D. C., 13 July, 1887. His grandfather, Samuel, served as a surgeon on the staff of General Washington. He was educated at Alleghany college, studied law, and before coming of age established and edited the Crawford, Pennsylvania, "Messenger" and the Venango, Pennsylvania, "Intelligencer." In 1849 he was appointed by President Taylor secretary of a board to prepare a plan for taking the seventh and future United States censuses. In 1857 he was appointed by President Buchanan to complete the census of 1850, and in 1859 was made superintendent of the 8th census, continuing the work until the failure of the appropriation in 1863. In 1850 he visited Europe on business that was connected with the census, with a special view of securing uniformity in the statistics of all nations, and also uniform cheap postage. In common with M. Guizot, Michael Chevalier, and Herr Quitelet, the Prussian astronomer royal, he was active in organizing the first statistical congress, which met at Brussels in 1853. He was secretary of the United States commissioners to the World's Pair in London in 1851, a member of the statistical congresses of 1855 and 1860, and a commissioner to the London exhibition of 1862. In 18(;5-'6 he acted as examiner of national banks under the comptroller of the currency. He received a gold medal from King Christian IX. of Denmark for his labors as a statistician, and was elected a member of different American, French, German, and Belgian learned societies. He received the degree of LL. D. from Alleghany college, and endowed that institution with four perpetual scholarships for the benefit of disabled young soldiers, or the orphans of soldiers.
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