Who is Kelly Drive in Philadelphia named after?

If you, like me, said Grace Kelly, aka Princess Grace of Monaco, wrong.

And it’s not the John B. Kelly whose statue you see on the Schuylkill River Trail around Boathouse Row. (This is the sort of stuff you notice moving at bike speed.) He won three Olympic golds in rowing and lived in Philadelphia.

John B. Kelly statue, via wikipedia

John B. Kelly Sr. statue, via Wikipedia

No, it’s his son, John B. Kelly Jr., who was a city councilman. And brother of Princess Grace. He also was a rower and went to four Olympics. But the best he did was one bronze.


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A gardener (along with the Brit) who has discovered there is more than hybrid tomatoes. And a cyclist.
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2 Responses to Who is Kelly Drive in Philadelphia named after?

  1. Steven Harrison Ford says:

    He was, in fact Grace Kelly’s father, so you were close


  2. Pingback: The Irishness of a Princess: Exploring Grace Kelly’s Irish Heritage | Three Enchanting Ladies

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