|``The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen''
(details), Once a Week newspaper, 1895, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
McKENNEY, William Robertson, a Representative from Virginia; born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va.,
December 2, 1851; attended McCabes 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.