Kennon, Robert Lewis
Kennon, Robert Lewis a Methodist Episcopal minister, born in Granville County, N. C., in 1789, was converted in 1801, entered the South Carolina Conference in 1809, and in 1813 was ordained elder, and located on account of ill health; then studied medicine and practiced for several years, preaching as his health permitted. In 1819 he removed from Georgia to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and continued his profession until 1824, when he re-entered the ministry in the Mississippi Conference, and was four years presiding elder on the Black Warrior District. In 1829-30 he was stationed at Tuscaloosa, in 1831-2 on Tuscaloosa District, in 1834 on the Choctaw Mission, in 1835-6 in Mobile, and in. 1837 in Tuscaloosa. He died during the session of the Conference at Columbus, Miss., Jan. 9,1838. Mr. Kennon was one of the most able and influential ministers of his time in the Southern States. His home culture in childhood was excellent, and he had a very good academical education.
While studying medicine he further pursued his literary studies at the South Carolina College. Kennon numbered among his friends the foremost men of the county in all professions, and was the father and model of the Conference. He died honored and beloved by a wide circle of brethren and citizens. Minutes of Conferences, ii, 573; Sketches of eminent Itinerant Ministers (Nashville, 1858),' p. 113. (G. L. T.)