Rufus Clair Kenamore (ca. 1875–1935) was an American journalist who was a foreign correspondent and editor on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper in the early 20th century.
Rufus Clair Kenamore was born in 1875 or 1876 in Eminence, Missouri, the son of Emma Kenamore and George R. Kenamore, who represented Dent County in 1890 in the State Legislature. He had two brothers, Charles B. and Don.
He was a college graduate at age 21 when he and a friend, Paul H. Sankey, stopped in St. Louis and announced they were on their way to the Klondike in Canada to prospect for gold with three other people.
Kenamore's early professional life as a journalist was with the St. Louis Republic, and for a time he worked in Chicago. Kenamore joined the Post-Dispatch editorial staff in October 1907 and was a telegraph editor, feature writer and Sunday magazine editor.
In 1916 he was a correspondent and went into Mexico with General Pershing's expeditionary force. During World War I, he went to France, where he accompanied troops of the 35th Division of Missouri and Kansas and covered the St. Mihiel and Argonne-Meuse campaigns.
He was sent on assignment to Europe in 1927 to get information for the 50th anniversary edition of the Post-Dispatch, which was published on December 9, 1928. He interviewed H.G. Wells, Sir Philip Gibbs, Andre Siegfried, Count Hermann Keyserling, J.B.S. Haldane, Guglielmo Ferrero, Maxim Gorky, Martin Anderson Nexo, Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Rudolph M. Holzapfel and Benedetto Croce.
- "Caught the Gold Fever," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 25, 1897
- Randy McConnell, "The Dent County Kenamores," Christian County, Missouri, Genealogy, undated
- "Clair Kenamore Dies; Editor, War Writer," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 4, 1935, page 30
- 1930 U.S. census
- "Mrs. G.R. Kenamore, 75, to Be Buried at Salem, Mo.," St. Louis Star, July 23, 1925, page 2
- "Rufe Kenamore Dies," The Houston Herald," April 19, 1926, page 2
- "Marguerite Martyn Weds Newspaperman," St. Louis Star, May 18, 1913, page 2
- Marriage license
- "Post-Dispatch Artist and Writer Who Weds Today," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 17, 1913, page 3
- "Clair Kenamore Dies; Editor, War Writer," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 4, 1935