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A law firm that stands among the first in professional esteem and quality of clientele at Akron in Anderson, Ormsby & Kennedy. Each member of the firm has been known for many years of valued services in the legal profession and public life, Mr. Kennedy, the junior partner, being a former prosecuting attorney of Summit County.

His grandfather, David Kennedy, settled in Summit County in 1837, having come from Ireland. Charles P. Kennedy was born in Boston Township of Summit County, July 18, 1883, and his father, James B. Kennedy, was born in the same locality in 1848, spending his life as a farmer, until his death in March, 1913. James B. Kennedy married Mary Carter, who was born in Boston Township in 1847, her father likewise being a native of Ireland. She is still living.

While a boy on the farm Charles P. Kennedy attended country schools, graduating in 1900 from the Peninsula High School. After two years of clerking in business offices at Cleveland he began the study of law at Akron, being admitted in 1906 as a law student from the offices of Rogers, Rowley, Bradley & Rockwell. A half dozen years of earnest labor brought him some of the coveted early rewards of the successful attorney, and on January 1, 1913, he became assistant prosecuting attorney. The death of the chief in that office, Howard Castle, in January, 1915, caused Mr. Kennedy to be advanced to the vacancy, and he rendered a term of very satisfactory service as prosecutor, until January, 1917. On resuming private practice he became associated with F.R. Ormsby in the firm of Kennedy & Ormsby, but subsequently Judge G.M. Anderson joined them in the firm of Anderson, Ormsby & Kennedy, handling a general practice, with offices in the Central Savings & Trust Building.

Mr. Kennedy has membership in the County, State and American Bar associations, is a republican, and is a former member of the election board of Summit County. His diversions outdoors are fishing and golf, and he is a member of the Portage Country Club, Akron City Club and Akron Lodge of Elks. Mr. Kennedy married, December 10, 1912, Miss Anna Sullivan, of Leetonia, Ohio, daughter of Michael Sullivan.

 

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III