P J Kenedy and Sons

Publishers, established 1826. The company has been carried on in the ownership and active management of three generations of one family. John Kenedy, born in Ireland, founded the house in Baltimore, transferring to New York, 1838. The first books bearing a New York imprint were on Catholic biography and doctrine and several on Ireland, most important of which was The History of the Irish Insurrection of 1798. Patrick John Kenedy, succeeding his father, 1866, received from Leo XIII the honorary title, "Publisher to the Holy Apostolic See," 1895. The firm name changed to P. J. Kenedy & Sons, when Arthur and Louis Kenedy joined (1903), and on his father's death (1906) Arthur succeeded him as president, with Louis as vice president. Together they have given a strong impetus to the Catholic book trade and have made the Official Catholic Directory," which they purchased, 1911, an up-to-date source of information on diocesan statistics.

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