John Snyders Kenyon MOH

b. 05/05/1843 Grosvenors Corner, New York. 16/02/1902 Syracuse, New York.

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/05/1862 Trenton, North Carolina.

John S Kenyon MOH

Kenyon was born on May 5, 1843, in Grosvenors Corners, Schoharie County, New York. His parents were Charles Grosvenor Kenyon and Helen Snyder. He was beginning to study law when the American Civil War broke out.

Kenyon enlisted in the 3rd New York Volunteer Cavalry in October 1861 and was mustered in as a private in Company D. By December 1862, he was promoted to second lieutenant. He was mustered out as supernumerary in May 1863, but he re-enlisted as a private in Company H in January 1864. He was promoted to corporal in December 1864. He was mustered out in July 1865.[2] On May 15, 1862, his regiment was fighting Confederates along the Trent River in North Carolina when they were ordered to retreat. When a man from his company fell, Kenyon turned and galloped towards the injured soldier. Under fire from Confederates, he dismounted, put the man on his horse, and ran beside him until they made it back to their unit. In 1897, he was awarded a Medal of Honor for his action.

After the war, Kenyon moved to Baldwinsville, where he worked in the flour and paper milling business. In around 1876, he moved to Syracuse. He was originally a member of the Democratic Party, but he became a Republican shortly after moving to Syracuse. He served as secretary and chairman of the Onondoga County Republican General Committee and as secretary of the New York Republican State Committee.

In 1874, Kenyon was appointed Canal Superintendent of the Oswego Canal. He was appointed Deputy Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1877. He served as Assistant Clerk of the New York State Senate in 1881, 1882, 1886, and 1887. In 1882 and 1883, he was the Reading Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. He served as Clerk of the New York State Senate in 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1897. In 1898, he resigned to serve as secretary of the New York State Board of Railroad Commissioners.

He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and the Medal of Honor Society. He was married to Martha Tefft. They had one daughter, Alma. 

Kenyon died at home from appendicitis on February 16, 1902. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.



Voluntarily left a retiring column, returned in the face of the enemy’s fire, helped a wounded man upon a horse, and so enabled him to escape capture or death.