Amos Kendall

Amos Kendall
1789 - 1869

Amos Kendall  American Philanthropist


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First Name Amos
Last Name Kendall
Age 80 (age at death) years
Birthday 16th August, 1789
Birthplace Dunstable, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died 12th November, 1869
Place of Death Washington, D.C., U.S.
Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nationality American
Occupation Philanthropist

Amos Kendall (August 16, 1789 – November 12, 1869) was an American lawyer, journalist and politician. He rose to prominence as editor-in-chief of the Argus of Western America, an influential newspaper in Frankfort, the capital of the U.S. state of Kentucky. He used his newspaper, writing skills, and extensive political contacts to build the Democratic Party into a national political power. An ardent supporter of Andrew Jackson, he served as United States Postmaster General during the Jackson and Martin Van Buren administrations. He was one of the most influential members of Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet", an unofficial group of Jackson's top appointees and advisors who set administration policy. Returning to private life, Kendall wrote one of the first biographies of Jackson, which was published in 1843. He invested heavily in Samuel Morse's new invention, the telegraph. He became one of the most important figures in the transformation of the American news media in the 19th century.

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