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of the state, and executive commission of the World’s Fair for Delaware. In politics Mr. Kenney has always been a staunch Democrat, and was chosen member of the National Democratic committee at Chicago, July, 1896, and worked faithfully to secure the election of William Jennings Bryan to the presidency, during that memorable campaign, being an ardent and consistent advocate of “free silver” (as it was termed) and the Chicago platform. When Mr. Bryan visited Delaware, on one of his wonderful campaigning tours, he was entertained at Mr. Kenney’s home. Jan. 19, 1897, Mr, Kenney was elected United States senator, to fill a seat that had been vacant for nearly two years, and hence nearly $10,000 salary awaited him; and when he serves out the other four years, he will doubtless be returned as long as he wishes.

Richard Rolland Kenney married Miss Harriet C. Pennywill, Dec. 21, 188. Children: Lillias born Aug. 28, 1883, and Caleb Samuel, born Oct. 4, 1888.*

I here copy from a March, 1898, number of the Washington Post, on “Wives of New Senators.”

“For mare than two years one of the seats in the United States Senate, which should have been occupied by a senator from Delaware, remained officially vacant, owing to the Legislature of the state failing to agree in naming a successor to the Hon. Anthony Higgins. Mr. Richard R, Kenney was at last elected, and took the seat Feb. 5, 1897. Senator Kenney is a scholarly gentleman. He is devoted to books, and is better acquainted with them than many of his colleagues, from the fact that for two gubernatorial terms he was State librarian. He was also adjutant-general of Delaware from 1887 to 1891.

“Senator and Mrs. Kenney have two children, a young daughter of 15 and a little son of 9, and they both are attending the schools of the District, Mrs. Kenney is the most decided blonde of all the new senators’ wives. She is of medium height and very slight. She has the bluest of blue eyes, fair skin, and regular sunshine yellow hair. She dresses exquisitely and is as dainty and as elegant a little body as could be found in a week’s search. She is an ardent Daughter of the Revolution, is registrar of her chapter in Dover, and has opened her beautiful home in that city far entertainments. In this home are many pieces of

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