William Kennon, Jr.

William Kennon, Jr. ( born June 12, 1802 in Carrickfergus, UK, † October 19, 1867 in St. Clairsville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1847 and 1849 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Kennon was a cousin of the same name Congressman William Kennon, Sr. ( 1793-1881 ). In 1816 he came with his parents from his native Northern Ireland in the near Barnesville, Ohio. He attended the public schools of his new home and then to 1826 the Franklin College in New Athens. After a subsequent law degree in 1830 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in St. Clairsville to work in this profession. Between 1837 and 1841 he was a prosecutor in the local Belmont County. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1846 Kennon was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph Morris on March 4, 1847. Since he resigned in 1848 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1849. This was initially still affected by the events of the Mexican-American War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William Kennon again practiced as a lawyer. Between 1865 and 1867 he served as an appellate judge in the 15th Judicial District of the State of. He died on 19 October 1867 in St. Clairsville, where he was also buried.