Harmar Denny Edit Profile
Graduate Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1813. Studied law.
Elizabeth was the daughter of General James O'Hara and Mary Carson O'Hara. Denny was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Wilkins. He was reelected to the Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth Congresses and served from December 15, 1829, to March 3, 1837.
After his term, he resumed the practice of law in Pittsburgh, and became a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention in 1837. He was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1840. As commissioner under act of incorporation of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, April 13, 1846, he incorporated the Ohio & Pennsylvania Railroad Company, 1848.
He was admitted to the American Philosophical Society in 1848. In 1849 he was elected president of the common council of Pittsburgh. He declined the nomination to be a candidate for Congress in 1850.
He served as president of the Pittsburgh & Steubenville Railroad Company in 1851 and 1852. He was a trustee of the Western University of Pennsylvania, now the University of Pittsburgh, and director of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was buried at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.
He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1824 to 1829.