PENNINGTON, Alexander Cumming McWhorter

1810–1867

Biography

PENNINGTON, Alexander Cumming McWhorter, (cousin of William Pennington), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., July 2, 1810; completed preparatory studies; attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1826-1828; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Newark; member of the state general assembly in 1837 and 1838; alderman of Newark 1837-1840; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Thirty-fourth Congress); moved to New York City, where he died January 25, 1867; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, N.J.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Rutgers University
Special Collections

New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the Isaiah Dunn Clawson Correspondence, 1855-1871, approximately 110 items. Correspondents include A.C.M. Pennington.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Pennington, Alexander Cummings Macwhorter. Election of speaker. [Washington: Printed at the office of the Congressional Globe, 1856].

------. Letter of Alexander Cummings in reply to the report of the Van Wyck Committee: Presented to Congress. By William D. Kelley, March 6, 1862. [Washington, D.C.: N.p.,1862].

------. [Speech of] Hon. A. C. M. Pennington, of New Jersey, on the assault by Mr. Brooks on Mr. Sumner. Delivered in the House of Representatives, July 10, 1856. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856.

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