Clerk of the Superior court of Edgecombe county, N. C., was born in Wayne county, N. C., July 29, 1851. His father was James Pennington, a farmer of Wayne county. His mother was Miss Carolina McCullen, of Wayne county.
He left Wayne county when ten years of age and moved to Lenoir county and attended the public schools in Kinston. He moved to Edgecombe county in 1869 and for seventeen years was bookkeeper for B. J. Keech, of Tarboro, in the general merchandise business. In 1890 he was elected clerk of the Superior court, a position he has held through four elections, for sixteen years. Before being elected to his present position he was clerk and treasurer of Tarboro for several years. He was formerly a director of the Bank of Tarboro and president of the Edgecombe Homestead and Loan Association.
He is a member of the Odd Fellows, the Royal Arcanum and is junior warden of Calvary Episcopal church of Tarboro.
On September 27th, 1876, he was married to Miss Grace E. Palamountain, a daughter of I. B. Palamountain, a gun smith who moved to Tarboro from England about 1840. He is the father of five children, three daughters and two sons. Of his daughters, Miss Lena is now Mrs. J. F. Martin, of Tarboro, the wife of a son of Congressman Martin; Miss Carolisa is now Mrs. P. P. Mead, wife of a merchant of Kinston, N. C., and Miss Maggie is a pupil in the Tarboro High School.
Of his sons, George E. is in the insurance business and Joseph B. is in the general brokerage business. Both are prosperous business men.
Excerpt from the book, Prominent People of North Carolina: Brief Biographies of Leading People for Ready Reference Purposes, published in 1906, pages 116-117, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 21 February 2021.