Boies Penrose

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Boies Penrose

Boies Penrose (* 1. November 1860 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ; †  31 December 1921 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician of the Republican Party , of the State of Pennsylvania in the US Senate represented.


Penrose came from a distinguished family in Philadelphia; his brother Spencer later gained notoriety when he built the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs .

After graduating from Harvard University in 1881, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Bar in 1883.


When Penrose became interested in politics, he first worked for Matthew Quay , the leading Republican leader in Pennsylvania. In 1884 he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; In 1886 he moved to the State Senate , whose pro tempore president he was from 1889 to 1891.

He resigned his state senator mandate in 1897 to take on the office of US Senator for Pennsylvania, which he held until his death. In the Senate, he was one of the most important members of the finance committee and campaigned for high protective tariffs .

In 1904, after Matthew Quay's death, he was elected President of the Republicans in Pennsylvania. Four years later he was confirmed in this office.


In 1915, Penrose was one of the companions of the Liberty Bell on its return trip through the United States to Philadelphia after it was presented at the World's Fair in San Francisco . He accompanied the bell on the way from New Orleans to Philadelphia.

Penrose was an avid mountaineer and hunter . Two mountains in Montana and British Columbia that he climbed are named after him. As a tall and heavy man, he needed a special horse for his hunting trips that his special saddle would fit on. This also very large horse, named Senator , received its bread of grace in a pasture after Penrose's death, as it was of no use for other riders. No standard saddle would have fitted the animal.

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  • Boies Penrose in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)