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Alexander Cumming McWhorter PENNINGTON

(1810-1867)

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.

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

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