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Arthur Armstrong DENNY

(1822-1899)

DENNY, Arthur Armstrong, a Delegate from the Territory of Washington; born in Salem, Washington County, Ind., June 20, 1822; moved with his parents to Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind. in 1823 and to Knox County, Ill. in 1834; surveyor of Knox County 1843-1851; moved to Oregon Territory in 1851 and settled at Alki Point on Elliott Bay; engaged in cutting timber and mercantile pursuits; served as county commissioner of Thurston County, Oreg., and King County, Wash.; first postmaster of Seattle 1853-1855; upon the organization of Washington Territory in 1853 was elected a member of the Territorial house of representatives and served until 1861; elected speaker in 1857; during the Indian war of 1855 served in the Volunteer Army for six months; register of the land office in Olympia 1861-1865; member of the Territorial council in 1862 and 1863; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; entered the banking business in 1872; also engaged as an author; died in Seattle, Wash., on January 9, 1899; interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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