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|The Hon. Sir Edward Kenny|
|Senator from Nova Scotia|
|2nd Mayor of Halifax|
|Preceded by||Stephen Binney|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Williamson|
July 1, 1800|
County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
|Died||May 16, 1891
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Profession||Businessman, militia officer|
|Portfolio||Receiver General, President of the Privy Council|
He was born in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland, the son of Jeremiah Kenny of Ballykeally, Esq., and Johanna Crean, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia around 1824 where he worked as Assistant manager in the whole business " James Lyons and Co."
In 1827, he and his older brother, Thomas Kenny of Sherwood, opened their own company in Halifax, " T.& E. Kenny - Dry Goods & Shipping ".
He became Junior Assistant V.P. of the "Charitable Irish Society" of Halifax in 1834 and Vice President in 1836. He became president of the organization in 1841.
The same year he was appointed a Member of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia and was also elected an Alderman for Ward 3 in Halifax. In 1842, he was elected Mayor of Halifax. On April 9, 1856, he became President of the "Legislative Council of Nova Scotia", replacing Michael Tobin, Jr.
In 1855, he became Director of the "Union Bank" in Halifax.
On January 22, 1862, 15 distinguished gentlemen of Halifax met in the Hollis Street office of Robie Uniacke to organize what was to become known as The Halifax Club. These men, whose names served as a Who’s Who of Halifax at that time, were Edward Kenny, William A. Black, Mathers Byles Almon, Edward Binney, Captain W.W. Lyttleton, Colonel W.J. Myers, S.A. White, James C. Cogswell, Henry Pryor, John Tobin, Robert Morrow, Alfred G. Jones, M.B. Almon, Jr. and William Cunard.
On April 26, 1864, Edward Kenny, with seven partners (J.W. Merkell, T.C. Kinnear, James B. Duffus, William Cunard, John Tobin, G.P. Merkell and Jeremiah Nothup) opened the Merchant's Bank in Halifax (later the Royal Bank of Canada).
In May 1867, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada representing senatorial division of Nova Scotia. A Conservative, he was Receiver General from July 1, 1867 to November 16, 1869 and President of the Privy Council from 1869 to 1870, when he was knighted. He resigned from the Senate April 11, 1876.
He died in his home at 167 Pleasant St, Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 16, 1891.
Kenny married Ann Forrestall (daughter of Michael Forrestall, Esq., of Halifax) in Halifax on October 16, 1832. Together they had 13 children, 7 boys and 6 girls. The first born, Thomas Edward Kenny, born October 12, 1833 in Halifax, later became president of the Royal Bank of Canada.
- "Edward Kenny". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
- Edward Kenny – Parliament of Canada biography