The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Kennedy, Benjamin Hall
KENNEDY. I. Benjamin Hall, an English clergyman, born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, Nov. 6, 1804. He graduated at St. John's college, Cambridge, in 1827, was elected fellow and classical lecturer in 1828, became assistant master at Harrow in 1830, and was appointed head master of Shrewsbury school in 1836. In 1841 he became prebendary of Lichfield, and in 1860 was appointed select preacher to the university. He resigned his head mastership in 1866, and was appointed regius professor of Greek at Cambridge, and the next year canon of Ely. He has published “The Psalter in English Verse” (1860), “Elementary Greek Grammar” (1862), and “Public School Latin Grammar” (1871). II. Charles Rann, an English barrister, brother of the preceding, born in Birmingham, March 1, 1808, died in 1867. He graduated at Trinity college, Cambridge, and was elected fellow, entered Lincoln's Inn, was called to the bar in 1835, and settled at Birmingham. Besides several law books, he published “Poems, Original and Selected” (1843); in conjunction with his father, the Rev. Rann Kennedy, the “Works of Virgil,” in blank verse (2 vols., 1850); “Specimens of Greek and Latin Verse” (1853); “Orations of Demosthenes,” translated into English, with notes, appendices, &c. (5 vols., 1841-'63); and “Hannibal,” a poem, part i. (1866).