William Kennon Jr.

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William Kennon Jr.
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1847 March 3, 1849
Preceded by Joseph Morris
Succeeded by William F. Hunter
Personal details
Born(1802-06-12)June 12, 1802
Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland, U.K.
DiedOctober 19, 1867(1867-10-19) (aged 65)
St. Clairsville, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeUnion Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Relations William Kennon Sr. (cousin)
Alma mater Franklin College

William Kennon Jr. (June 12, 1802 October 19, 1867) was a lawyer, judge, and a U.S. Representative from Ohio. [1]


Early life

Born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim on the island of Ireland (the entirety of which was then part of the U.K.), Kennon, known locally as 'Kenno', immigrated to the United States in 1816 with his parents, who settled near Barnesville, Ohio. He was a first cousin of fellow U.S. Representative William Kennon Sr. [1]

He attended the common schools and graduated from Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, in 1826. Kennon studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1830. [1]


He commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and served as the prosecuting attorney of Belmont County from 1837-41. [1]

Kennon was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress from March 4, 1847, until March 3, 1849. He was not a candidate for renomination, and instead resumed the practice of law. He served as judge of the court of common pleas of the fifteenth judicial district from 1865 to July 1, 1867, when he resigned. [1]

Personal life

Kennon was married to Elizabeth Kirkwood (1818–1899), daughter of Joseph Kirkwood and granddaughter of Revolutionary War hero Robert Kirkwood. [2] [3] Together, they were the parents of:

He died in St. Clairsville on October 19, 1867, and was interred in Union Cemetery. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "KENNON, William, Jr. - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. 1 2 Caldwell, John Alexander (1880). History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio: And Incidentally Historical Collections Pertaining to Border Warfare and the Early Settlement of the Adjacent Portion of the Ohio Valley. Historical Publishing Company. p.  244 . Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. Historical Society of Delaware (1896). Papers of the Historical Society of Delaware. The Society. pp. 74–75. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. The American Bar. J.C. Fifield Company. 1921. p. 811. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. The Weekly Law Bulletin and Ohio Law Journal. Capital Print. & Publishing Company. 1886. p. 370. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. "Social Calendar". The Index. XI: 16. October 29, 1904. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Morris
United States Representative from
Ohio's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
William F. Hunter

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