RAYNER, Kenneth, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Bertie County, N.C., June 20, 1808;
attended Tarborough Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829; moved to Hertford
County and practiced; member of the State constitutional convention in 1835; member of the State
house of commons in 1835, 1836, 1846, 1848, and 1850; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth,
Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1845); was not a
candidate for renomination in 1844; member of the State senate in 1854; appointed by President
Grant as court commissioner of Alabama claims at its organization and served until its
dissolution; Solicitor of the United States Treasury 1877-1884; died in Washington, D.C., March 4,
1884; interment in the Old City Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.
BibliographyCantrell, Gregg. Kenneth and John B. Rayner
and the Limits of Southern Dissent. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.