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The Wise House and Kenan House on Market Street are UNCW-owned properties and gifts from the Kenan family. Mr. Kenan is part of UNCW pre-history, since the college did not open until 1947--the year after his first memoir was published.

Mr. Kenan resided in Lockport, New York during most of his adult life. He wrote a series of memoirs (entitled Incidents by the Way: Lifetime Recollections and Reflections). The last one was published in 1958. Mr. Kenan died in 1965.

 

Wiilliam R. Kenan in 1896, at age 24