Isaac S. Pennybacker, U.S. Senator

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Isaac Samuels Pennybacker

Birthplace: Pine Forge, near New Market, VA, USA
Death: Died in Washington, DC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Pennybacker and Sarah Margaret Pennybacker
Husband of Sarah Ann Pennybacker
Father of Mary Louisa Pennybacker; Benjamin Pennybacker; Rebecca Frances Pennybacker and Frank Leicester Pennybacker

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About Isaac S. Pennybacker, U.S. Senator

Isaac Samuels Pennybacker (September 3, 1805 – January 12, 1847) was an American lawyer, federal judge, and politician from Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Early life and education

Pennybacker was born at Pine Forge, near New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia.

He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and the Winchester Law School, run by Henry St. George Tucker, Sr.. He was then in private practice in Harrisonburg, Virginia until 1837.

Political and judicial career

Pennybacker represented Virginia in the U.S. House from 1837-1839.

He was offered by President Martin Van Buren the office of Attorney General, but declined. Similarly, he declined a position as justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and would not accept the nomination of the Democratic party for Governor of Virginia.

On April 23, 1839, Pennybacker received a recess appointment from Van Buren to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia the death of Alexander Caldwell. Formally nominated on January 29, 1840, Pennybacker was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1840, and received his commission the same day.

He resigned from his judgeship on December 6, 1845, and then served as United States Senator from Virginia from 1845-1847. James K. Polk named Pennybacker to the very first Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, a group which included Vice-President George M. Dallas, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, D.C. Mayor William W. Seaton, Senator Sidney Breese, Rep. William J. Hough, Rep. Robert Dale Owen, Rep. Henry W. Hilliard, Rufus Choate, Richard Rush, Dr. Benjamin Rush, William C. Preston, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Joseph G. Totten, among others, who met for the first time in September 1846.

As judge, Pennybacker was succeeded by John White Brockenbrough. As Senator, he succeeded William Cabell Rives, whose brother Alexander Rives later served like Pennybacker as judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Pennybacker died at the age of 41 in Washington, D.C.. His Senate seat was filled by James Murray Mason.

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Isaac S. Pennybacker, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 3, 1805
Pine Forge, near New Market, VA, USA
Age 29
Age 31
Age 36
Age 40
January 12, 1847
Age 41
Washington, DC, USA