DENNY, James William, (1838 - 1923)


DENNY, James William, a Representative from Maryland; born in Frederick County, Va., November 20, 1838; attended the academy of the Rev. William Johnson, Berryville, Clarke County, Va.; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; principal of Osage Seminary, Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo.; during the Civil War he returned to his native State and enlisted in Company A, Thirty-ninth Virginia Battalion of Cavalry, Confederate Army, in which he served until 1863, when he was detailed for service at Gen. R. E. Lee’s headquarters, where he continued until the surrender at Appomattox Court House; returned to Clarke County, Va., and began the study of law in Winchester, Va.; was admitted to the bar in Baltimore, Md., in 1868 and commenced practice in that city; elected to the first branch of the city council in 1881; reelected in 1882 and became its president; member of the State house of delegates 1888-1890; colonel on the staff of Gov. E. E. Jackson; member of the Baltimore School Board for eight years; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); engaged in the practice of law until his death in Baltimore, Md., April 12, 1923; interment in Loudon Park Cemetery.