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RAYNER, Kenneth, jurist, born in Bertie county, North Carolina, in 1808; died in Washington, D. C., 4 March, 1884. His father, a Baptist clergyman, was a soldier during the war of the Revolution. Tile son was educated at Tarboro academy, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but did not practise. He was a member of the convention of 1835 to revise the state constitution, and, having removed to Hertford county, represented it in the legislature almost continuously from 1835 till 1851. He was elected to congress from North Carolina for three successive terms, and served from 2 December, 1839, till 3 March, 1845. He was a presidential elector on the Taylor and Fillmore ticket in 1849. Mr. Ray-net afterward reinoved to Mississippi. In 1874 he was appointed by President Grant a judge of the court of commissioners of Alabama claims, and in 1877 he became solicitor of the treasury, which post he held till his death.
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