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Hon. Charles Bingham Penrose

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 06, 1857 (58)
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Clement Biddle Penrose and Anne Penrose
Husband of Valeria Fullerton Penrose
Father of Dr Richard Alexander Fullerton Penrose and Clement Biddle Penrose
Brother of Clement Biddle Penrose, Jr. and Major James Wilkinson Penrose

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About Hon. Charles Bingham Penrose

Charles Bingham Penrose (October 6, 1798 – April 6, 1857) was a Pennsylvania attorney and politician. He served in the Pennsylvania Senate and as Solicitor of the United States Treasury.

Early life

Charles Bingham Penrose was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 6, 1798, son of Clement Biddle Penrose and Anne Howard née Bingham, a member of the Irish Bingham family (see Earl of Lucan and Baron Clanmorris). His mother was the half-sister of Sir James Douglas Hamilton Hay, 6th Baronet of Alderston, while his great-uncles included Clement Biddle, Owen Biddle Sr., and General James Wilkinson. His paternal grandmother, Sarah Biddle, was a member of the prominent Biddle family who, after the death of her first two husbands, went on to marry Bernese patrician Rudolph Tillier [de].

Penrose studied law and attained admission to the bar in 1821, afterwards establishing a practice in Carlisle.[1] He married a distant cousin, Valeria Fullerton Biddle, a granddaughter of early American clergyman and patriot Elihu Spencer and a niece of Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, another prominent lawyer.

Political career

A member of the Whig party who was identified as an Antimason, in 1833 Penrose was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate. He was reelected to a second term and served as Speaker of the Senate in 1838 and 1841.[2][3]

In 1841 Penrose was appointed Solicitor of the Treasury in the William Henry Harrison administration.[4]

After leaving the Solicitor's position at the close of the John Tyler administration in 1845 Penrose relocated to Philadelphia, where he continued to practice law.[5]

In 1856 Penrose was again elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, this time as a Republican, and he served until his death.[6]

During his second tenure in the State Senate, Penrose was accused of using bribes to arrange the election of Simon Cameron to the United States Senate, but nothing was proved and he was not charged with wrongdoing.[7]

Death and legacy

Penrose died of pneumonia in Harrisburg on April 6, 1857.[8] He is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.[9] Another man of the same name, who died in 1875, is also buried at that same cemetery, and may be the commissary officer, Captain Charles B. Penrose, who accompanied President Abraham Lincoln as he toured City Point shortly before the fall of Richmond, Virginia.[10][11]

Several of Penrose's grandsons became notable within their fields. Charles Bingham Penrose was a Philadelphia gynecologist who became widely known for his surgical skill.[12] Boies Penrose became a U.S. Senator.[13][14] Grandsons R.A.F. Penrose and Spencer Penrose also achieved distinction, the former for his geologic surveys and entrepreneurial activity in Texas, Arkansas and Colorado as well as founding of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the latter for founding many mining and financial companies in Colorado as well as the Pike's Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.



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Hon. Charles Bingham Penrose's Timeline

October 6, 1798
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 24, 1827
Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
October 27, 1832
April 6, 1857
Age 58
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA