William Kennon, Sr.

William Kennon ( born May 14, 1793 in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, † November 2, 1881 in St. Clairsville, Ohio) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1829 and 1833, and again from 1835 to 1837, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1804, William Kennon moved with his parents in the Belmont County, Ohio. He attended the public schools of his respective home and the Franklin College in New Athens. After a subsequent law degree in 1824 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in St. Clairsville to work in this profession. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1828 Kennon was the tenth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Davenport on March 4, 1829. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. 1832 William Kennon was not re-elected. For the 1834 elections he was elected in the eleventh district of his state as a successor to James Martin Bell again to Congress, where he was able to complete another term between 4 March 1835 to 3 March 1837. In 1836, he was not confirmed in this mandate.

Between 1840 and 1847, William Kennon Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal. In 1850 he took part in a Constitutional Convention as a delegate for Ohio. From 1854 to 1856 he was judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He then practiced as a lawyer again. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Republican Party. He died on November 2, 1881 in St. Clairsville, where he was also buried. His eponymous cousin William Kennon, Jr. (1802-1867) was also a congressman.