Near Peytona in Boone County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
John Edward Kenna
Erected 1974 by West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
Location. 38° 8.072′ N, 81° 41.239′ W. Marker is near Peytona, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is on Daniel Boone Parkway (West Virginia Route 3) half a mile west of the Peytona Post Office on Roundbottom Road (Local Route 119/21). It is at Drawdy Falls roadside park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peytona WV 25154, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Camp (a few steps from this marker); Coal Discovered (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peytona (approx. half a mile away); Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion (approx. 3.3 miles away); Nellis / ARMCO Coal (approx. 3.3 miles away); Robert Hager Madison (approx. 8.6 miles away); Boone County Courthouse (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peytona.
Also see . . . National Statuary Hall Collection entry.
John Kenna was born on April 10, 1848, in Kanawha County, Virginia, which became part of the state of West Virginia in 1863. He had little education, and at the age of 16 he served with General Shelby in the Confederate Army and was wounded. After returning home, he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1870. He became very active in the emerging Democratic party of West Virginia.(Submitted on August 3, 2019.)
He rose from prosecuting attorney of Kanawha County in 1872 to justice pro tempore of the county circuit in 1875, and to the United States House of Representatives in 1876. While in the House he championed railroad legislation and crusaded for aid for slack-water navigation to help the coal, timber and salt industries in his state. These activities earned him a seat in the United States Senate in 1883, where he continued fighting for his two causes.
Kenna became Democratic minority leader and emerged as a powerful and controversial speaker on the issue of the independence of the executive branch of the government. He forcefully defended President Cleveland
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.