Joseph J. Kelly
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 1963
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer, Judge, Politician
Spouse: Laura Campbell Stephenson
Children: None
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): Mayor of Buffalo, New York
Fictional Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): End of the Beginning
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Political Office(s): Mayor of Buffalo

Joseph James Kelly (July 5, 1897 – July 6, 1963) was an attorney and a minor Democratic politician. After time as a trial attorney, he became a judge in 1933. He also served as mayor of Buffalo, New York for a single term from 1942 to 1945.

Joseph J. Kelly in Days of Infamy[]

The Mayor spoke at Joe Crosetti's graduation ceremony, which was held in Buffalo. The Mayor pointed out the Peace Bridge to all the graduating U.S. Navy cadets. The Mayor told them that the US wanted peace all through the world, but first they would have to win the war before they could get it. This was the only part of the speech that Crosetti remembered.[1]

Literary comment[]

While Kelly is not specifically named as the mayor, the POD of the series should not have impacted his election in November 1941.


  1. End of the Beginning, pg. 172 Paperback.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas L. Holling
Mayor of Buffalo, New York
Succeeded by
Bernard J. Dowd