Thomas Sargent Fernon
Born in Kensington 1818, at his Spruce St. home-place, Fernon was a popular artist, editor, politician, and railroad official. He attended common schools, studied with portrait painter John P. Merrell; was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1845, 1847, and the state Senate in 1849; organized and financed construction of the North Penn Railroad, of which he served as president; life member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Franklin Institute. A member of the Kensington Methodist-Episcopal church, Thomas’s father, John Fernon, had been a minister of the gospel, a Sunday school teacher, and a trustee at the parish. He died in Philadelphia, May 13, 1896. His wife was Frances Fernon.