DENNY, Arthur Armstrong (1822-1899)

DENNY, ARTHUR ARMSTRONG, a Delegate from the Territory of Washington; born in Salem, Washington County, Ind., June 20, 1822; moved with his parents to Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind. in 1823 and to Knox County, Ill. in 1834; surveyor of Knox County 1843-1851; moved to Oregon Territory in 1851 and settled at Alki Point on Elliott Bay; engaged in cutting timber and mercantile pursuits; served as county commissioner of Thurston County, Oreg., and King County, Wash.; first postmaster of Seattle 1853-1855; upon the organization of Washington Territory in 1853 was elected a member of the Territorial house of representatives and served until 1861; elected speaker in 1857; during the Indian war of 1855 served in the Volunteer Army for six months; register of the land office in Olympia 1861-1865; member of the Territorial council in 1862 and 1863; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; entered the banking business in 1872; also engaged as an author; died in Seattle, Wash., on January 9, 1899; interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1878 and 1890, 2 volumes.
Dictations from Arthur Armstrong Denny concerning his discovery in 1872 or 1873 of the Snoqualmie Iron Mountain; pioneer life in Indiana and Illinois; overland journey to Oregon; and removal to Alki Point on Puget Sound. The dictations also are available on microfilm.

Papers: In the Bailey Gatzert Dictation, 1887, 5 leaves.
Other authors include Arthur Denny. The dictation also is available on microfilm.


University of Washington Library
Manuscripts and University Archives Division
Seattle, WA
Papers: 1850-1896, 8 items.
Correspondence, including 2 letters to Charles Lanman, diary relating to Arthur Denny's overland journey from Illinois to Oregon in 1851, autobiography (1890), essay entitled Pioneer Life in Seattle (1896), legal documents, and survey notes (1850). Persons represented include Denny's wife, Mary Ann Denny, Clarence Booth Bagley, and Julius Lindberg.

Papers: 1851-1854, 2 items.
An emigration diary and store ledger of Arthur Denny.

Papers: In the McMicken Family Papers 1828-1921, 1.83 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Arthur Denny. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Washington State Historical Society
Tacoma, WA
Papers: 1851-1959, 4 boxes.
Correspondence (1863-1894) dealing with the location of the state university, personal loans, the first steamboat on Puget Sound, and earthquakes; family files (1851-1959, arr. by family member) containing correspondence between Arthur Denny, his father John Denny, brother L.H. Denny, and members of the Denny and Kellogg family, the disposition of estates of Arthur Denny and L.H. Denny, and obituaries; financial records (1882-1899) including bank ledgers and ledger dealing with various accounts of Arthur Denny; receipts (1861-1899) for household purchases, city and county taxes, and loan payments; Territorial delegate records (1865-1866) reflecting Denny's service as delegate to U.S. Congress including correspondence, receipts, petitions, and certification of election; and postmaster records (1865-1871) containing correspondence, testimonies, and power of attorney, pertaining to his service as Seattle postmaster. Also includes records of Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad (1872-1888) describing financial dealings of the company; records of Society of Washington Territory Pioneers including by-laws, minutes, correspondence, and resolutions; records of some of the estates that Denny served as executor or guardian of including wills, correspondence, account books, and power of attorneys; Papers of Percy Bamford, husband of Caroline Denny, granddaughter of Arthur Denny, including real estate transactions in Sioux City, Iowa; Arcade Building and Realty Company records (1901-1932), including correspondence, leases, and bonds; manuscripts files (1852-1886) including original and revised drafts of Denny's ms. Pioneer Days on Puget Sound with photocopies, mss. entitled Christmas Time in Pioneer Days; and copyof diary of Miss C.A. Terry; and miscellaneous items, including various items collected, received, or about Arthur Denny, including invitations and a genealogical chart of the Latimer family. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/wshs/research/finding%5Faids/denny%5Farthur%5Fa%20%5Fpapers%5Fmssc%5F100.pdf.