Wilson S. Kennon
|Wilson Shannon Kennon|
|14th Ohio Secretary of State|
May 1862 – January 12, 1863
|Preceded by||Benjamin R. Cowen|
|Succeeded by||William W. Armstrong|
May 15, 1826|
St. Clairsville, Ohio
June 18, 1895 (aged 69)|
St. Clairsville, Ohio
|Alma mater||Bethany College|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Wilson S. Kennon was son of William Kennon, Jr., who represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives and sat on the Ohio Supreme Court. He was born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, where he continued to reside. He was educated at the "St. Clairsville Institute" and at Bethany College at Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia). He studied law in his father's office, and was admitted to the bar in 1850.
In 1861, Wilson Kennon was elected to represent Belmont County, Ohio in the Ohio House of Representatives for the 55th General Assembly, convening January 6, 1862. Before the American Civil War, Kennon was a Democrat, but was nominated to the legislature by the Unconditional Union Party of Belmont County. In May 1862, fellow Belmont Countian Benjamin Rush Cowen resigned as Secretary of State after a few months in office to go to war. Kennon was appointed to the office by Governor David Tod. Election of Secretary of State was then moved to even numbered years, and Kennon was nominated by the Republican Party on the second ballot for the 1862 election. In the General Election of 1862, Kennon lost to Democrat William W. Armstrong in an election where out of state soldiers were not allowed to vote.
After the war, Kennon engaged in private practice of law at Cincinnati, in partnership with Milton Sayler and John W. Okey, for five years. He then moved back to Belmont County after his father's paralysis. He served as Belmont County Prosecuting Attorney for six years. Kennon died at his St. Clairsville home on June 18, 1895. At the time he was mayor of St. Clairsville.
- Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio.
- Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
- Biographical notices of the members of the fifty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Columbus: John Wallace. 1862. pp. 72–73.
- History of the Upper Ohio Valley. 2. 1890. p. 647.
|Ohio House of Representatives|
| Representative from Belmont County
January 6, 1862-May 1862
R. E. Chambers
Benjamin R. Cowen
| Secretary of State of Ohio
William W. Armstrong