Ebenezer J. Penniman

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Ebenezer Jenckes Penniman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Alexander W. Buel
Succeeded by David Stuart
Personal details
Born (1804-01-11)January 11, 1804
Lansingburgh, New York, U.S.
Died April 12, 1890(1890-04-12) (aged 86)
Plymouth, Michigan, U.S.
Resting place Riverside Cemetery
Plymouth, Michigan
Citizenship US
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Maryette Penniman
Eliza Connor Penniman
Children Mary Penniman
Julius A. Penniman
Maryette Penniman
Ebenezer Julius Penniman
Katrine E. Penniman Allen
Profession Merchant

Ebenezer Jenckes Penniman (January 11, 1804 – April 12, 1890) was an American politician and United States Representative from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lansingburgh, New York, Penniman attended the common schools and was apprenticed as a printer at the age of thirteen in the office of the New Hampshire Sentinel. When he was eighteen years of age, he bought his indenture and moved to New York City in 1822 to pursue a career in the mercantile business.[1]


Later, Penniman moved to Orwell, Vermont, where he engaged in business as a dry-goods merchant. In 1840, he moved to Plymouth, Michigan and again engaged as a dry-goods merchant. He also served as supervisor of Plymouth Township in 1842, 1843, 1844, and 1850.

In 1850, Penniman defeated incumbent Democrat Alexander W. Buel to be elected as a Whig from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Thirty-second Congress, serving from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1853.[2] He was the first Plymouth citizen elected to the United States Congress.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852. He was a member of the convention that met under the oaks at Jackson, Michigan, July 6, 1854, at the organization of the Republican Party in Michigan. He was a delegate to 1856 Republican National Convention from Michigan.

Penniman resumed mercantile pursuits until the First National Bank of Plymouth was organized in November 1871, and he, at the age of 67, was named President.[4]


Penniman died in Plymouth, Wayne County, Michigan, on April 12, 1890 (age 86 years, 91 days). He is interred at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Michigan.

Family life[edit]

The son of Chiron and Olive Whipple Penniman, he married Maryette and they had two children, Mary and Julius A. Maryette died in 1843 and he then married Eliza Connor with whom he had three children, Maryette, Ebenezer Julius, and Katrine E.


  1. ^ Lanman, Charles. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States: During Its First Century. From Original and Official Sources. J. Anglim, 1876 - United States. p. 329. 
  2. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William. Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portraits. American Publishers' Association. p. 425. 
  3. ^ Hill, Brian Vincent. Plymouth. Plymouth Historical Society Arcadia Publishing. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "Ebenezer J. Penniman". Michigan's American Local History Network. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander W. Buel
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan
1851 – 1853
Succeeded by
David Stuart