KENNON, William, Sr., (1793 - 1881)


KENNON, William, Sr., (cousin of William Kennon, Jr.), a Representative from Ohio; born in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., May 14, 1793; moved with his parents to Belmont County, Ohio, in 1804; attended the common schools and Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; elected to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; president judge of the court of common pleas 1840-1847; delegate to the second State constitutional convention in 1850; appointed and subsequently elected to fill the unexpired term of William B. Caldwell as judge of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1854; resigned in 1856 and resumed the practice of law in St. Clairsville, Ohio; became affiliated with the Republican Party at the outbreak of the Civil War; died in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, November 2, 1881; interment in Methodist Cemetery.