Biography of John William Kenney, D.D.S.

JOHN WILLIAM KENNEY, D. D. S. – The profession of dentistry has a thorough and capable exponent at Northampton in Dr. Kenney who with his present-day methods and valued experience is accounted one of the foremost men in his line in this part of the State, where he has been in successful practice since 1902. He has the highest regard of the public in their appreciation of his skill, as well as of dental offices and laboratory that are unrivaled in the excellence of their equipment.

Four generations of this branch of the family have now resided in Massachusetts, his grandfather who came from Ireland, having lived both in Pittsfield and in Hinsdale, where he was a farmer to the time of his death. Dr. Kenney’s father, Patrick L. Kenney, who was born in Ireland, died in Pittsfield, in December, 1923, where he had located as a young man; he was employed at the Williamsburg Mills at the time of the disastrous flood in that township, and he was an overseer in the Pontusic Mills at Pittsfield for many years. He was a quiet and home-loving man. He married Elizabeth Hopper, who was born in Pittsfield, and now resides there at the age of seventy-six years, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Duffy) Hopper, Thomas Hopper having been a native of England. Patrick L. Kenney’s children were: Margaret, Catherine, who married William Plunket; John W., of whom further; Thomas, a physician in Northampton.

Dr. John William Kenney was born February 7, 1877, in Pittsfield, where he attended the public schools. He prepared for his profession at the Philadelphia Dental College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in the class of 1902, with his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Establishing himself in his profession at Northampton that year, he has so continued to the present. Dr. Kenney’s fraternal affiliations are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and with the Northampton Club.

Dr. John William Kenney married, in 1908, Rose C. Tarrant, of Norwich, Connecticut, daughter of Nicholas Tarrant; and they are the parents of:

  1. John,
  2. Richard,
  3. Rosemary,
  4. Robert.



Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

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