- HARRISON COUNTY, INDIANA BIOGRAPHIES
(FHL Film 1597539
1889 Biographical and Historical Souvenior by W.H. Perrin)
Hon. Peter Zenor
Hon. Peter Zenor, one of the retired farmers of Harrison Co., and ex-member of the legislature, was born on the farm on which he still resides in Posey Township, June 11, 1820.
He is the 2nd son of Col. John & Polly McIntosh Zenor. Col. John Zenor was a native of Lancaster County, PA., from where he emigrated, in 1808, to Harrison Co., and was a prominent in the early history of the county. He was a colonel of the early State Militia and led certain expeditions against the Indians and was awarded land grants by the President of United States.
He was a member of the Legislature in 1836, when the Internal Improvement Act was passed and became a law, and served his county continuously up to 1850. He was strong influential as a member, taking an active part in all measures that were for the building up and development of the young State.
In politics, Col. Zenor, was a staunch Whig, but he was universally liked by both parties, and respected for his ability, honesty, and integrity. In 1850, when the county had the selection of a member to the State Constitution Convention, Col. Zenor was chosen over the late Judge William A. Porter, and as a member of that body his services were conspicuous and useful. Among his contemporaries in the Legislature were; Frederick Leslie & Dennis Pennington, of Harrison Co. & Harbin h. Moore and John s. Davis of Floyd Co. His work in the Constitution Convention was the last of his public services.
Peter N. Zenors, Uncle, Jacob Zenor, was also a man of prominence, having served the county as a member of the Legislature while the capital was at Corydon.
Mr. Peter N. Zenor is the only living son of his fathers family. Was brought up on the farm. His early school advantages were meager acquiring his education principally after he arrived at mans estate. His early life was principally spent in his fathers ŁOld Horse Mill which ground all the wheat and corn for miles around.
Dec. 6, 1838, he was married to Miss Elizabeth S. Farnsley, daughter of Joshua Farnsley, a pioneer of this county, and a man of great worth to the community, a native of KY., one of the early magistrates of the county, and a real estate owner, died in 1870.
Hon. Peter Zenor, the subject of this sketch, before the war was elected to the office of magistrate and served in that office for 4 years. During the war he was elected to the offices of County Commissioner, to fill the vacancy made by the death of Col. Jacob Free, who was killed in the Morgan raid.
In 1868, he was elected to the lower house of the legislature, and was one of the members who filibustered against the adoption of the 15th Amendment, and subsequently, to thwart same being accomplished, resigned, along with many others of his party, the Democrat members, and later on, when Governor Baker called a special session, he was elected as his own successor, and when the Amendment again came up for consideration, he again resigned, with a number of others, sufficient to break the quorum, and the Amendment did not pass through that session.
In 1870 he was again elected to that body and served as Chairman of the Committee on County & Township Business, and was also Chairman of the Committee on Rules, as well as the Committee on Claims.
In 1876 he again served his county in the capacity of County Commissioner for 6 years.
Mr. Zenors wife died in 1882; since that time he has held no public office.
He had 2 living children, Joshua F. & Frances J. Zenor. Mr. Zenor is living a retired life with his son, one that has been useful, and one worthy as a model for the young men of the county. Mr. Zenors grandfather, Peter McIntosh, for whom he was named, was prominently connected with the early history of the county, serving as one of the Probate judges for a number of years.