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William Robertson McKENNEY

(1851-1916)

McKENNEY, William Robertson, a Representative from Virginia; born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., December 2, 1851; attended McCabe’s University School at Petersburg and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; taught school; graduated from the law school of the University of Virginia in June 1876; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Petersburg, Va.; elected president of the city council of Petersburg in 1888 and served six years; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; member of the Democratic State executive committee; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1895, to May 2, 1896, when he was succeeded by Robert T. Thorp, who successfully contested his election; resumed the practice of law in Petersburg, Va., and died there January 3, 1916; interment in Blandford Cemetery.

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

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