Alexander C. M. Pennington

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Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857
Preceded byRodman M. Price
Succeeded byJacob R. Wortendyke
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
BornJuly 2, 1810
Newark, New Jersey, US
DiedJanuary 25, 1867(1867-01-25) (aged 56)
New York City, US
Political partyWhig (first term)
Opposition Party (second term)

Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington, Sr. (July 2, 1810, Newark, New Jersey – January 25, 1867, New York City) was an American Whig Party / Opposition Party politician who represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1853–1857.


Born in Newark, New Jersey, July 2, 1810, he attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, from 1826 to 1828. He went on to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1833, and commenced practice in Newark. He was elected a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1837 and 1838. He served as alderman of Newark from 1837 to 1840.

Pennington was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, serving in Congress from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1857. He served as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Thirty-fourth Congress.

After leaving the Congress, he moved to New York City, where he died January 25, 1867.


He was a grand nephew of 6th Governor of New Jersey William Sandford Pennington, and a cousin of 13th New Jersey Governor and 27th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives William Pennington. His son, Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington, Jr., was a brigadier general in the United States Army and veteran of both the American Civil War and Spanish–American War.

Further reading[edit]

  • Pennington, Alexander Cummings Macwhorter. Election of speaker. [Washington: Printed at the office of the Congressional Globe, 1856].
  • ———. [Speech of] Hon. A. C. M. Pennington, of New Jersey, on the assault by Mr. Brooks on Mr. Sumner. Delivered in the House of Representatives, July 10, 1856. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856.

External links[edit]

  • Works by or about Alexander C. M. Pennington at Internet Archive
  • United States Congress. "Alexander C. M. Pennington (id: P000213)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Alexander Cumming McWhorter Pennington at The Political Graveyard
  • "Alexander Cumming McWhorter Pennington". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rodman M. Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857
Succeeded by
Jacob R. Wortendyke