Duncan F. Kenner was a member of the Louisiana Constitutional Conventions of 1845 and 1852. He was a planter that founded Ashland Plantation in Ascension Parish. He also had financial investments in six other plantations (Bowdon, Houmas, Hollywood, Hermitage, Fashion, and Roseland). He was also the brother-in-law of Richard Taylor. He served in the 1st and 2nd Confederate Congress as a C.S. Representative from the state of Louisiana until being sent on a secret mission to Britain and France to acquire peace by means of emancipation.
Duncan F. Kenner's obituary in the New York Times, July 4, 1887