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Newsmakers with the Pennington Surname

Over the past few years, a few Pennington researchers have contributed information, articles and website links to several famous, and not so famous, people with the Pennington surname. In addition, the famous Internet Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has been updated with more information on "Pennington".

I thought visitors would enjoy reading some of the stories that helped to make these people with the Pennington surname newsworthy.

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Newsmakers List

The following people can be found on Wikipedia. 
There are several others on Wikipedia as well as places, things and other categories.  Click here to view the Pennington page on Wikipedia.

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  • James Jackson Pennington (1819-1884) - One of three Tennesseans to conduct experiments with various instruments for aerial flight twenty-five years before Count Von Zeppelin and the Writher brothers' first flight.
  • Major General James C. Pennington - A decorated WW II and Korean War Veteran, served as the Adjutant General of the United States Army.
  • 'Peek-a-Boo' Pennington - His true name was William V. Pennington, a San Francisco private investigator who worked in the 1940s.

Edward J. Pennington

Read these two (2) articles and decide for yourself as to whether or not Edward J. Pennington, who lived in Indiana and other locations, in the mid 1800s, was indeed a "scoundrel".


From The Valley Advance, Vincennes, Ind., April 8, 1980 and the Vincennes University website.


From The Valley Advance, Vincennes, Ind., April 15, 1980 and the Vincennes University website.

James Jackson Pennington (1819-1884)

The Pennington Flying Machine, 1877 by Cleo G. Hogan, 1978 *

This is a article from the Pennington Pedigrees, Vol. 11, No. 1, pages 63 & 64 that describes one James Jackson Pennington 1819-1884, of Henryville, Lawrence Co., TN and his invention of an "Aerial Ship" that he filed a patent application for on 20 July 1881.

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Major General James C. Pennington

Click here to read a tribute written to Major General James C. Pennington by James F. Gunn, CORMV Chairman (Coalition of Retired Military Veterans). 

Click here to read Congressional Tribute to Major General James C. Pennington by Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, of California introduced into the Congressional Record on June 10, 1998.

Below is Major General James C. Pennington's obituary from the Washington Post, June 6, 1998, page B7.

James Pennington Dies; Army General, Lobbyist


By J.Y. SMITH - Washington Post Staff Writer

James C. Pennington, 72, a retired major general, decorated com­bat veteran and adjutant general of the Army who later became president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, died of a heart attack June 5 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Gen. Pennington. a resident of Springfield, had gone to Barksdale to give a speech on health care for military personnel and their families. That and similar issues are the principal concerns of the National Association for Uniformed Services, a lobbying organization that has its headquarters in Springfield.

Gen. Pennington had headed NAUS since retiring from the Army in 1985.

Gen. Pennington, a native of Rocky Ford, Ga., began his military career as a private in the infantry in World War IL He served in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and was wounded in action during the fighting on the River Elbe in 1945. He took part in the occupation of Germany when the war was over.

In 1947, the future general left active duty and attended Georgia Southern College, where he graduated. In 1950, he was recalled to active duty from the reserves after the outbreak of the Korean War.

Among his early assignments was the Adjutant General School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. The adjutant general is the Army’s chief personnel officer, and personnel work accounted for much of Gen. Pennington’s career.

He was assigned to Washington for a total of 17 years. But he also was trained as an armored officer and he had numerous tours of duty with combat units. In addition, he found time to obtain a master’s degree in education at Indiana University and to do further graduate work at the University of Maryland and the Harvard Business School.

During the war in Southeast Asia, he had two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was adjutant general of the Army in the mid-1970s and commanding general of the Army Physical Disability Agency when he retired from the service in 1985.

Gen. Pennington’s military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, six awards of the Bronze Star with combat “v” de- vice, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, six awards of the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

As president of NAUS, Gen. Pennington was a well-known figure on Capitol Hill. Among his recent projects was a military employees health benefits program, which is now being considered by Congress.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Donaldson Pennington of Spring­field; two children, Jay Pennington of Lafayette, Colo., and Kim Sylvester of Raleigh, N.C.; and three granddaughters.

'Peek-a-Boo' Pennington

His true name was William V. Pennington, a San Francisco private investigator who worked in the 1940s.

An article published in an Antioch, California (San Francisco Bay Area) newspaper on May 22, 1946 reads "Peek-a-Boo Pennington Awaits Sentence".  It says, "William V. "Peek-a-Boo" Pennington, San Francisco private investigator famed for his photograph studies of extra-marital capers, today awaited sentencing on charges of disturbing the peace and forcible entry".

It goes on to say that the charges resulted from a complaint by E. J. Silvey who accused "Peek-a-Boo Pennington" of breaking a door to a cabin on April 15 while he was seeking evidence against a woman's husband, cowboy singer Ray Wade who was reportedly "sharing" the cabin with a 23 year-old San Pablo blonde.

Thanks to Verne Deubler, California Genealogical Society for the copy of the newspaper article.

The three words on the scroll of the Coats of Arms are "Vincit amor patriae"

"Vincit amor patriae" means "The love of my country prevails" or "Love of Country Conquers" which is the United States Army 28th Infantry Regiment's motto.   "Vincent amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido" means "The love of my country exceeds everything."

The following motto appears in English above the mountain cat of the original Baron Muncaster Crest.  "Firm, Vigilant, Active" -Virg. AEn. vi. 823 v. Muncaster b. Pennington

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