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Kenna, West Virginia

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Kenna historical marker in southern Jackson County
Kenna, (Map), in southern Jackson County, near the Mason County border, is an unincorporated community located on WV-34 at US-21 one mile west of I-77 exit 124. The community is named in honor of John Edward Kenna. At age 28, Kenna was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the nation's youngest Congressman. At age 35, Kenna became the youngest member of the U.S. Senate. His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.

The first O.J. Morrison Store, which became a chain of locally managed West Virginia department stores, was opened here in 1890. Morrison's father, Grandville P. Morrison, established a post office here in 1880 and became its first postmaster. The Greek Revival home of O. J Morrison stands at the center of the community.