John Penn Arndt

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John Penn Arndt (November 25, 1780 – June 10, 1861) was an American merchant, pioneer, and legislator.

Born in Durham, Pennsylvania, Arndt built Durham boats with his family near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He moved to Buffalo, New York, and then to Mackinac Island in Michigan Territory. In 1824, Arndt moved to Green Bay, Michigan Territory and then opened a saw mill in present day Oconto County, Wisconsin in 1827. Arndt was a merchant, fur trapper, owned a ferry, and was an inn keeper. Arndt served in the first Wisconsin Territorial Council 1836-1838, of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature. He died in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1][2]


  1. ^ 'The Story of the Arndts: the life, antecedents, and descedents of Bernhard Arndt,' John Stover Arndt and Warren Smedley Ely: Christopher Sower Company, 1922, Biographical Sketch of John Penn Arndt, pg. 182-188.
  2. ^ John Penn Arndt, Wisconsin Historical Society

External links[edit]

John Penn Arndt at Find a Grave