Arthur A. Denny

Arthur Armstrong Denny ( born June 20, 1822 in Salem, Washington County, Indiana; † January 9, 1899 in Seattle, Washington ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1867 he represented the Washington Territory as a delegate in the House of Representatives of the United States.


In 1823, Arthur Denny moved as an infant with his parents to Greencastle. There he attended the public schools. In addition, he served an apprenticeship as a carpenter and surveyor. At times, he was also self- employed as a teacher. From 1834 he was a resident of the Knox County in Illinois. There he worked 1843-1851 as a surveyor. In 1851, he became the leader of a wagon train, which opened in the Oregon Territory. The participants of the trek were named after him Denny Party. Denny finally settled in Alki Point, where he was present at the founding of the city of Seattle, which was created at Alki Point. Later he became one of the richest inhabitants of this city.

In his new home Denny was first engaged in trade and in the lumber business. He also worked for the Thurston and King County. From 1853 to 1855 he was postmaster of the city of Seattle. After the founding of Washington Territory, he was 1853-1861 deputy in the territorial House of Representatives. In 1857 he was president of the house. 1855 Arthur Denny took part in an Indian war. Between 1861 and 1865 he worked as a registrar at the Land Registry Office in Olympia. At the same time he was in the years 1862 and 1863 on the Territorial Government.

Denny was a member of the Republican Party. In 1864 he as a delegate of its territory in the Congress in Washington DC was chosen, where he became the successor of George Edward Cole of the Democratic Party on March 4, 1865. Since he resigned in 1866 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1867. This was determined by the discussions about the consequences of the terminated in April 1865 American Civil War. It was mainly about the dispute between the Republican Party and President Andrew Johnson to the Reconstruction in the states that had joined the Confederacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Arthur Denny withdrew from politics. Instead, he went into the bank and railway business. He was also involved in the founding of the University of Washington and donated land for the university premises. Denny also wrote the book " Pioneer Days on Puget Sound." Arthur Denny was married to Mary Ann Boren, with whom he had six children. He died on January 9, 1899 in Seattle.

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