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Arthur Armstrong Denny
Birth: Jun. 20, 1822
Salem
Washington County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1899
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA

Seattle Founder, US Congressman. Born of Scottish-Irish descent, he began his career as a civil engineer and surveyor in Knox, County, Illinois. Enthralled by accounts of vast regions of untouched wilderness, fertile farmlands and mild winters in the Oregon Territory, he became the leader of a wagon train expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Leaving Cherry Grove, Illinois on April 10, 1851, he arrived in Portland, Oregon in late August, following a 108 day journey across country. Hearing of an abundance of potential deep water locations from fellow pioneers encountered along his travels, he sent his brother David T. Denny and John Low north to explore the Puget Sound region of present day Washington state, following the party's arrival in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Receiving positive reports from his brother and fellow pioneer John Low, he organized a party of twelve adults and twelve children to help settle the newly discovered frontier. Booking passage on the schooner "Exact," he arrived on the shores of Alki Point on November 13, 1851 of what would become the future city of Seattle. Following a harsh winter on Alki Point, he moved across the waterway, establishing home sites and deep water claims along Seattle's Elliot Bay. In 1853 he became the first postmaster for the tiny settlement, and one of Seattle's principal merchants. Active in politics he served as commissioner for both King and Thurston Counties and nine terms in the Territorial House of Representatives beginning in 1853, and as Speaker of the House in 1857. From 1851 to 1857 he served as Registrar of the U.S. Land Office in Olympia, and served as president of the Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad. Elected to the thirty-ninth United States Congress in 1864, he served from March 1865 to March 1867 before retiring from politics. Following politics he was involved in a number of private business pursuits including banking, milling, merchandising, irrigation projects, street railways and as a chief legislative sponsor and land donor for the creation of the University of Washington. He was the author of "Pioneer Days on Puget Sound" published in 1888, an 83 page historical account of his life in Illinois and his role in the creation of early pioneer Seattle. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Denny (1793 - 1875)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Ann Boren Denny (1822 - 1910)*
 
 Children:
  Louisa Catherine Denny Frye (1844 - 1924)*
  Margaret Lenora Denny (1847 - 1915)*
  Rolland Herschel Denny (1851 - 1939)*
  Orion O. Denny (1853 - 1916)*
  Arthur Wilson Denny (1859 - 1919)*
  Charles Latimer Denny (1861 - 1919)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis Helms Denny (1815 - 1891)*
  Alford Wilson Denny (1817 - 1888)*
  John Fletcher Denny (1819 - 1882)*
  Arthur Armstrong Denny (1822 - 1899)
  David Thomas Denny (1832 - 1903)*
  Allen Wylie Denny (1834 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lake View Cemetery
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Lot 329
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2542
Arthur Armstrong Denny
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
Arthur Armstrong Denny
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
Arthur Armstrong Denny
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
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