Penrose, Charles B. (Charles Bingham), 1862-1925

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Charles B. Penrose, a doctor from Philadelphia, came to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1891 for his health. He was invited to accompany a group of stockgrowers in a raid on cattle rustlers in Johnson County, Wyoming, in April 1892 which later became known as the Johnson County War. Penrose fell behind the main group and did not participate in the actual raid on the KC Ranch but was arrested near Douglas, Wyoming, for being a member of the party. He corresponded with his brother Senator Boies Penrose, Wyoming Supreme Court Clerk Richard H. Repath, U.S. Attorney Bob Ralston and writer Owen Wister in the days following his release, explaining the circumstances of his arrest.

After his release from jail, Penrose returned to private practice in Philadelphia. Around 1913, he wrote an account of the Johnson County Invasion and corresponded with others regarding the Johnson County War. Correspondents included Owen Wister, historian Grace Raymond Hebard, Dr. Amos W. Barber, who was also governor of Wyoming from 1890-1893, and William C. Irvine, a stockgrower and one of the leaders of the raid into Johnson County.

From the description of Charles B. Penrose papers, 1890-1936 (bulk 1913-1916) (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 30802377

Charles B. Penrose (1862-1925), a doctor from Philadelphia, came to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1891 to try to recover his health. He was invited to accompany a group of stockgrowers in a raid on suspected cattle rustlers in Johnson County, Wyoming, in April 1892, which later became known as the Johnson County War. Penrose fell behind the main group and did not participate in the actual raid on the KC Ranch but was arrested near Douglas, Wyoming, for being a member of the party. He corresponded with his brother Senator Boies Penrose, Wyoming Supreme Court Clerk Richard H. Repath, U.S. Attorney Bob Ralston and writer Owen Wister in the days following his release, explaining the circumstances of his arrest.

After his release from jail, Penrose returned to private practice in Philadelphia. Around 1913, he wrote an account of the Johnson County Invasion and corresponded with others regarding the Johnson County War, including Owen Wister, historian Grace Hebard, doctor Amos W. Barber, who was also governor of Wyoming from 1890-1893, and William C. Irvine, a stockgrower and one of the leaders of the raid into Johnson County.

From the guide to the Charles B. Penrose papers, 1890-1936 (bulk 1913-1916), (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Barber, Amos W. (Amos Walker), 1861-1915. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Hebard, Grace Raymond, 1861-1936. person
associatedWith Irvine, William C., 1852-1924. person
associatedWith Leigh, Richard, d. 1899. person
associatedWith Penrose, Boies, 1860-1921. person
associatedWith Penrose, Boies, 1902-1976. person
associatedWith Ralston, Robert, 1863-1916. person
associatedWith Rollins, Philip Ashton, 1869-1950, person
associatedWith Wister, Owen, 1860-1938. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
KC Ranch (Wyo.)
Wyoming
Johnson County (Wyo.)
Johnson County (Wyo.)
KC Ranch (Wyo.)
Wyoming
Wyoming
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Johnson County War, 1892
Johnson County War, 1892--Personal narratives
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Physicians
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Birth 1862

Death 1925

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