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PENROSE, Charles Bingham, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, 6 October, 1798; died in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 6 April, 1857. His father, Clement Biddle Pen-rose, was one of the three commissioners for the territory ceded by France to the United States. The son studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1821, and practised at Carlisle, Pennsylvania He was elected as a Whig to the state senate in 1833, and was the speaker of the body at the time of the "buckshot war." In 1841 President Harrison appointed him solicitor of the treasury, which post he held until the close of Tyler's administration. Resuming the practice of the law, he subsequently removed to Philadelphia, was elected as a reform candidate to the state senate in 1856, and at the time of his death was serving in this office. He was one of the editors of Penrose and Watt's "Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1832-'3).--His son, Richard Alexander Fullerton, physician, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 24 March, 1827, was graduated at Dickinson college in 1846 and at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1849. He was instrumental in having the wards of the Philadelphia hospital opened to medical instructions, and was elected consulting surgeon to the institution, where he began clinical lectures on diseases of women and children. He was for many years a successful private teacher in medicine, and in 1863 he became professor of obstetrics and of the diseases of women and children in the University of Pennsylvania, which post he still holds. He is one of the founders of the Children's hospital of Philadelphia, the American gynecological society, and the Gynacean hospital, and is a member of many learned societies. In 1872 he received from Dickinson college the degree of LL.D. Dr. Penrose has contributed to various medical journals.--Richard Alexander Fullerton's son. Boles, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 November, 1860, was graduated at Harvard in 1881, studied law, and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1883. He was elected to the legislature in 1885, serving in the state senate in 1886. With Edward P. Allison, he wrote "Philadelphia : a History of Municipal Development" (Philadelphia, 1887) ; and several chapters on municipal subjects for the "American and English Encyclopaedia of Law."
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