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1160 Penniman Ave

26 Jun


1160 Penniman. Built circa 1840 was originally the home of Senator Ebenezer J. Penniman, he was the first Plymouth citizen elected to the U.S. Congress. Penniman was in business as a dry-goods merchant here in Plymouth, and served as the dry-goods merchant supervisor of Plymouth Township. In 1851, he was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress, serving until 1853.He was a member of the convention that met under the oaks at Jackson, Michigan, July 6, 1854, at the organization of the Republican party in Michigan and was instrumental in getting our first Republican candidate (Abraham Lincoln) voted into office.  Penniman also served as president of the First National Bank of Plymouth. Ebenezer passed away in 1890 and was buried in the Riverside cemetery here in Plymouth. After Ebenezer’s passing, this home was deeded to his daughter Katherine (Penniman) Allen  who continued to live in this home with husband William Allen. Like her father, Kate also ventured into the business world and was well-known for owning the Penn-Allen Theaters located in Plymouth and Northville. This home now serves as offices for Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

Below is an image of Ebenezer Penniman and a link to wikipedia: