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John Kennedy, a Scot, became a textile machinery manufacturer with interests in weaving.
1791 John Kennedy began business in a small way in Manchester, as soon as he had completed his apprenticeship, in conjunction with two other workmen, Sandford and MacConnel. Their business was mule-spinning which was very profitable at that time. They used any low-cost garret they could hire for mule-spinning.
1812 McConnel and Kennedy ran the largest cotton mill in Manchester
Another John Kennedy was an early railway engineer who was a judge at the Rainhill Trials.