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John Pendleton Kennedy

(Born: October 25, 1795 - Died: August 18, 1870)

American statesman and author. He was born in Baltimore, MD. In addition to his literary pursuits, he served several tems in Congress and was the Secretary of the Navy under President Millard Filmore. In 1833, he was one of the judges for the contest offered by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter, awarding Poe first prize for "MS. Found in a Bottle." Kennedy befriended Poe, and recommended him to Thomas Willis White to assist him with editing of the Southern Literary Messenger. In later years, Kennedy was too engrossed in politics, and perhaps somewhat weary of Poe's incesssant need for money, favor and reassurances, and Poe felt that he was somewhat abandoned.

John Pendleton Kennedy

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Notice from "Autography"
    • "John P. Kennedy" ("Autography" - part I) — February 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger
    • "John P. Kennedy" ("A Chapter on Autography" - part I) — November 1841 — Graham's Magazine


  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "John P. Kennedy," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:219-223
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.
  • Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds., Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1889, 3:516-518

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