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"Edward Benninghaus Kenna was born in Charleston, W.Va. Oct. 10, 1877, a son of Senator John E. Kenna and Anna Benninghaus Kenna. He was educated at St. Mary's College, Maryland, and at Georgetown University, D.C. afterwards taking a law course at West Virginia University. Before entering the University he taught English and Elocution at the Horner Military School of Oxford, N.C. He did his first literary work for the New York Sun, the New York Herald, the Century, and Donahue's magazine. He was always more interested in out-door sports and after leaving college joined the ranks of professional athletes. Mr. Kenna died in 1912."
[Mary Meek Atkeson, West Virginia Writers 1669-1913 (M.A. Thesis, West Virginia University, 1914)] [This biographical sketch also appears in "Edward Benninghaus Kenna," in Ella May Turner, Stories and Verse of West Virginia 293-300 (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Mennonite Publishing House, 1925)(1923) along with six of Kenna's poems.]
Kenna's middle name, Benninghaus, is the maiden name, of his father's second wife, Anna Benninghaus, of Wheeling. John E. Kenna married Benninghaus on November 21, 1876.
John Edward Kenna was elected to Congress in 1877 and to the U.S. Senate in 1883. [John Edward Kenna Biographical Sketch]
Edward B. Kenna, Lyrics of the Hills (Morgantown, West Virginia: Acme Pubishing Company, 1902)
______________, Songs of the Open Air and Other Poems (Charleston, West Virginia: Tribune Printing Co., 1912)
"John Edward Kenna," in Men of West Virginia 411-415 (Chicago: Biographical Pubishing Co., 1903)(vol.2)
"John Edward Kenna," in Henry W. Scoll, Distinguished American Lawyers with Their Struggles and Triumphs in the Forum 495-510 (New York: Charles L. Webster, 1891)