Pennington, William, 1796-1862

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Birth 1796-05-04
Death 1862-02-16

Biographical notes:

William Pennington (1796-1862), the son of Phoebe Wheeler (d.1804) and William S. Pennington (1757-1826), was educated as an attorney and served as a clerk in the district and circuit courts of New Jersey, where his father was a judge, from 1817-1826. In politics he was a Whig/Republican and was elected as a member of the 1828 New Jersey State Assembly and as the Governor and Chancellor of New Jersey from 1837-1843. During his time as Governor, he was involved in a New Jersey congressional election scandal referred to as the Broad Seal War, where the Whig commissions he signed were overturned by Congress and given to Democrats.

From the description of William Pennington papers, 1795-1915 1820-1865. (New Jersey Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 53316425

Lawyer, state legislator, governor of New Jersey and member of Congress; resided in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.

From the description of Papers, 1798-1868 (bulk 1821-1837). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122525276


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