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Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell (1839-March 19, 1918) was daughter of Joseph Calm Kennedy and Catherine Morrisson. Her father Joeseph was involved in the Whig party, and from 1850 to 1860 he ran the United State Census. It was through her father that she was introduced to her husband General John Bidwell. She married John Bidwell in Washington D.C. April 16, 1868. Some of the people present at their wedding included President Andrew Johnson and Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Tecumseh Sherman. After her wedding to General Bidwell, Annie moved into the Bidwell Mansion in Chico, Ca. The house was located on over 2000 acres of land that would later become Bidwell Park. Throughout her life Annie was deeply devoted to the Presbyterian Church. She was also involved with the Women's Suffrage movement and the Temperance movement. Annie died in 1918 in Chico, Ca. .1


1. Chico: A 20th Century Pictoral History (1995)