Biography of Archibald J. Kennel
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ARCHIBALD J. KENNEL, assignment commissioner of the criminal branch of the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County, was reared and educated in this city, and since youth has been well known in newspaper circles, being a former political writer for some of the leading Cleveland dailies.

Mr. Kennel was born in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, October 24, 1878, and is of German Swiss ancestors. His parents, William H. and Caroline (Weaver) Kennel, were also natives of Missouri, and his father spent most of his life in the newspaper printing business. The family moved to Cleveland in 1887, and Williath H. Kennel died in this city November 21, 1892. His widow survives him.

Archibald J. Kennel was educated in public schools, and after leaving school went to work with thç Cleveland World, at first in the mechanical department and later in the editorial room. His newspaper experience included service with the Cleveland Press and later with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He spent five years as political writer for the Plain Dealer.

Failing health compelled him to give up the strenuous duties of a newspaper worker. When the Cuyahoga County Liquor Licensing Board was organized, September 1, 1913, Mr. Kennel was appointed its first secretary, and he held that office five or six years. When the Court of Common Pleas created the office of assignment commissioner of the criminal branch, the judges of the court by unanimous vote elected Mr. Kennel as assignment commissioner. He has performed the duties of this office since February 1, 1919. Two years later the judges also appointed him jury commissioner, and since then he has filled both positions.

Mr. Kennel is well known and influential in democratic party politics of Cleveland. He is a member of the Democratic County Executive Committee. He is affiliated with the Woodward Lodge of Masons and the Cleveland City Club.

He married Miss Elma A. Kenel, daughter of Emery A. Kenel, whose parents came from Germany. The three daughters of Mr. Kennel are: Marjorie Gnce, born in 1910; Elma Anna, born in 1913, and Irene Lucille, born in 1917.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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