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William KENNON, Jr.

(1802-1867)

KENNON, William, Jr., (cousin of William Kennon, Sr.), a Representative from Ohio; born in Carrickfergus, Ireland, June 12, 1802; immigrated to the United States in 1816 with his parents, who settled near Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio; attended the common schools; was graduated from Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio; prosecuting attorney of Belmont County 1837-1841; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law; judge of the court of common pleas of the fifteenth judicial district from 1865 to July 1, 1867, when he resigned; died in St. Clairsville, Ohio, October 19, 1867; interment in Union Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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