Kenneth Rayner ( born June 20, 1808 Bertie County, North Carolina; † March 4, 1884 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1839 and 1843 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kenneth Rayner first attended the Tarborough Academy. After a subsequent law degree in 1829 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Hertford County in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. Originally he had been a follower of Andrew Jackson. On the question of the rights of the individual states but he turned away from this and joined John C. Calhoun on. He then became a member of the Whigs. In 1835 he was a member of a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of North Carolina.
Between 1835 and 1850, Rayner sat several times as a delegate in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1838, he became the first constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Tredwell Sawyer on March 4, 1839. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1845 three legislative periods. These were determined since 1841 by the tensions between the Whigs and President John Tyler. Furthermore, it was then being debated in Congress increasingly about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.
1844 renounced Kenneth Rayner on another Congress candidate. In the years 1848 and 1850 he was again a deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In 1854 he was elected to the State Senate. In 1848 he was a candidate for the nomination for vice presidential candidate of his party. He narrowly failed to Millard Fillmore, who succeeded him as President of the United States after the death of the then elected Zachary Taylor in 1850. In 1861, Rayner was a member of the Assembly, which decided to exit the State of North Carolina from the Union. In 1864 he was one of the Commission, which gave the state capital of Raleigh on the Union troops under General William T. Sherman. Later he became a member of the Republican Party. In 1874, Rayner was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant in the Commission, the events surrounding the Confederate warship Alabama examined during the Civil War. Between 1877 and 1884 Rayner worked for the Federal Ministry of Finance. He died on March 4, 1884 in the federal capital, Washington. Kenneth Rayner was married to Susan Spratt Polk, with whom he had eight children.