William Edward Penney

21 June 1891–21 January 1981 (Age 89)
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of William Edward

When William Edward Penney was born on 21 June 1891, in New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Penney, was 29 and his mother, Lydia Frances Sears, was 26. He had at least 1 son and 3 daughters with Margaret Julia Ellen Tyson. He died on 21 January 1981, in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 89.

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William Edward Penney
Margaret Julia Ellen Tyson
Olive Tyson Penney
Margaret R Penney
Julia Ellen Penney
William Gordon Penney

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
Age 5
A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish
Age 7
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
Age 25
Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant spelling of Penny .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (15)

  • William E Penney in household of Benjamin F Penney, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William E Penney in household of B Franklin Penney, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William C Penny in household of Benjamin F Penney, "United States Census, 1900"

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