Charles Bingham Penrose (Democratic-Republican16) Cumberland and Perry Counties, 1833-1937, (Whig14) Adams, Cumberland and Franklin Counties 1837-1841, (R1) Philadelphia County 1857
Charles Bingham Penrose, born October 6, 1798, Frankford Creek, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Clement Biddle and Anna Howard Bingham Penrose; family moved, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1805; Saint Louis militia, War of 1812; Washington College, 1819; read law, admitted, several county bars, several law practices, 1821-1857; married, Valeria Fullerton Biddle, two sons, Doctor Richard Alexander Fullerton Penrose, Judge Clement Biddle Penrose; investor, Cumberland Valley Railroad, Pine Grove Furnace, 1838; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1833-1837, elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1837-1841, twice elected, Speaker of the Senate, 1838, 1841; senatorial delegate, Democratic State Convention, 1836; chaired two Coalition state nominating caucuses, Chambersburg, July and Harrisburg, November 1836; switched political parties, become Whig, 1837; presidential appointee, Solicitor, Treasury, 1841-1845; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857; died, pneumonia, April 6, 1857 (aged 58) in office of the Senate, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
Attorney, Carlisle, 1821-1841, Lancaster, 1845-1847, Philadelphia, 1847-1857.
Senatorial delegate, Democratic State Convention, 1836; chaired two Coalition state nominating caucuses, Chambersburg, July and Harrisburg, November 1837; switched political parties became Whig, 1837.
Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Cumberland and Perry Counties, 1833-1936, elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Adams Cumberland and Franklin Counties, 1837-1841, chaired, Estates and Escheats Committee, 1835-1836, Judiciary Committee 1836-1837; Speaker of the Senate, 1838, 1841, resigned, March 13, 1841; elected, Republican, Philadelphia County, 1857, in office of the Senate, April 6, 1857.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Appointee, President William Henry Harrison, Solicitor, Treasury, 1841; reappointed, President John Tyler, 1841-1845.
Invested, Cumberland Valley Railroad and obtaining the Pine Grove Furnace, 1838 with partner William Watt. As a legislator, Penrose engineered the completion of the Cumberland Valley line, connecting rail between Chambersburg and Harrisburg.
Wife, Valeria, grandniece, 7th Vice-President of Pennsylvania, Charles Biddle, brothers Edward (Founding Father; delegate, Continental Congress, 1774-1775; signatory, Continental Association), Nicholas (one of the first five captains, Continental Navy).
Notable grandsons, his namesake Charles Bingham Penrose, Philadelphia gynecologist, widely known for his surgical skill. Pennsylvania State Senator Boies Penrose, President pro tempore, Pennsylvania State Senate, then became a United States Senator. R.A.F. Penrose, known for his geologic surveys and entrepreneurial activity in Texas, Arkansas and Colorado as well as founding of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia now known as CHOP. Spencer Penrose for founding many mining and financial companies in Colorado as well as the Pike's Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. The naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird, first named curator and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was his nephew.
Meyers, E.K., 1888, page 263.
Josiah Granville Leach and George Hoffman Penrose, 1903, pages 83-86.