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Kenny, Albert S.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: Apptd Assistant Paymaster (Master) 3/19/62, USN

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VITALS

Birth: 01/19/1841, Keosanqua, IA
Death: 05/17/1930

Burial: Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, NY
Marker/Plot: Section D
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 17790429

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: MOLLUS
College?: UVM
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: Died in Washington, DC

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Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp , NY

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Biography

Albert Sewall Kenny was born January 19, 1841, in Van Buren County, Iowa, the son of Sewall and Mary (Strong) Kenny, both born in Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1861, and was credited to Burlington, Vt., when he joined the service.

He was appointed Assistant Paymaster (Master) on March 19, 1862, and was initially attached to the steamer South Carolina in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, serving from 1862 to 1864, during the siege of Charleston. During 1864 and 1865, he served on the steamer Santiago de Cuba, in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, seeing action in both attacks on Fort Fisher.

He was promoted to Paymaster on March 9, 1865. He was in charge of naval stores at Luanda, West Coast Africa (present-day Angola) from 1866 to 1867.

He served in the Navy Pay Office at San Francisco from 1868 to 1871, on Plymouth from 1872 to 1873, the ironclad Roanoke, on North Atlantic Station from 1873 to 1874, and the Naval Academy from 1875 to 1880.

In March 1881, Kenny served on a board of senior officers intrusted to suggesting a plan for carrying out an act of Congress that financed a search for the steamer Jeannette, "of the Arctic exploring expedition" which was lost during a polar expedition via the Bering Strait the previous winter.

He was Fleet Paymaster, on North Atlantic Station, from 1881 to 1884, returning to special duty during the latter year. On July 31, 1884, he was promoted to Pay Inspector, and served at Boston Navy Yard from 1885 to 1887.

From 1887 to 1890, he served in Washington at the Navy Department, in the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing. From October 1890, to June 1893, he was General Storekeeper at New York Navy Yard.

From June 1893 to May 1895, he served on Chicago on the European Station. In May of 1895, he took a leave of absence, and returned to the Navy Pay Office, in New York, in January 1896. In June, he became General Storekeeper at the Navy Yard from June 1896. On September 26, 1897, he was promoted to Pay Director.

How long he stayed at the New York Navy Yard, and what else he did until his retirement, are currently not known.

His retirement date was set as January 19, 1903, and he was relieved of his duties on July 1, that year.

From May 1904 to May 1905, Kenny served as the treasurer of the Isthmian Canal Commission. He was a member of the D.C. Commandery of MOLLUS.

In 1922, he lived at 1402 Chapin Street, Washington, D.C.

Source: Peck, 690; Benedict, 2:797; Callahan; Caroon, 273.

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