Alexander G. Penn

Alexander Gordon Penn ( born May 10, 1799 Stella, Patrick County, Virginia; † May 7, 1866 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1850 and 1853 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his childhood moved with his parents to Penn Alexander Lexington, Kentucky. He attended local public schools and later the Emory and Henry College in Marion ( Virginia). In 1821, Penn moved into the St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. There he was active in the vicinity of Covington as a planter. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

Penn was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Louisiana. Between 1843 and 1849 he was postmaster in New Orleans. In the years 1844, 1852, 1856 and 1860, he participated as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions relevant. After the death of Rep. John H. Harmanson Penn was chosen as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington at the due election for the third seat of his state, where he took up his new mandate on 30 December 1850. Since he was confirmed in the regular congressional elections of 1850, he could remain until March 3, 1853 at the Congress. At this time there was a debate on the question of slavery much. Penn was then chairman of the Committee to control expenditure of the Post Ministry.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he returned to the St. Tammany Parish. There he worked again as a planter. He also operated a sawmill near Covington. After the end of the Civil War Alexander Penn moved to Washington, where he died on 7 May 1866.