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History of the St Andrew's Society of the State of New York
Biographies: J. Kennedy Tod

Thirty-sixth President

J. Kennedy Tod, the son of Andrew Tod and Mary Kennedy, was born on the nth September, 1852, at Glasgow, Scotland, and is a nephew of Mr. John S. Kennedy, the Thirty-first President of the Society.

He received his education at the Glasgow Academy, and was well known throughout Great Britain and Ireland as a football player, many times representing Scotland in the international games with England, Ireland and Wales.

Soon after leaving school he came to this country and entered the banking house of his uncle, Mr. John S. Kennedy. In due course he became a partner, and on Mr. Kennedy’s retirement from business Mr. Tod formed the banking firm of J. Kennedy Tod & Co., of No. 45 Wall Street, so well and widely known in the business and financial circles.

He took an active part in the reorganization of the railway properties during the disastrous years from 1890 to 1897 and was particularly interested in the successful readjustment of the affairs of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway, Norfolk & Western Railroad, St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway, Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, Rio Grande Western Railway, Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad, Colorado & Southern Railway, Memphis & Charleston Railroad and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Mr. Tod was at one time connected with the National Guard of the State of New York as Commissary of the 71st Regiment.

While out of active business routine Mr. Tod continues to remain in touch with numerous organizations, being Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Caledonian Insurance Company of Edinburgh, Scotland; a trustee of the Central Trust Company; the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Company, the Provident Loan Society of New York, and a director of the American Cotton Oil Company, the Bank of New York, and the Indemnity Fire Insurance Company.

His name is well and widely known among the many social organizations of this city, he being a member of the Knickerbocker, Metropolitan, Lawyer’s, City, Down Town and Tuxedo Clubs; of the Century Association and the Chamber of Commerce; of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Riverside Yacht Club, Fairfield County Golf Club, and the Veteran Association of the 71st Regiment.

He was elected a member of Saint Andrew’s Society on 1st December, 1879, and qualified as a life member in 1888; served as a Manager 1880-1882 and 1884-1888; as Treasurer 1882-1883; as Second Vice-President 1889-1893; as First Vice-President 1893-1895, and as President 1895-1897. Since his retirement from the Presidency he has served as a member of the Standing Committee from 1897.

He married on the 15th November, 1882, at New York City, Mary Howard Potter, daughter of Howard Potter and Maria Louise Brown, but has no issue.

His portrait is reproduced from a photograph now in his possession.

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