Peter D. Denney (1843-1912), Architect & Builder
Peter Denney was born on February 12, 1843, in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. He was raised on a farm, and subsequently engaged in the lumber business before moving West in the spring of 1866. Denney settled in Fremont, Nebraska, where he was engaged with an architectural firm for one year, prior to opening his own business in 1867. With the exception of two years in Lincoln, Denney’s business remained in Fremont. A year after opening his business, Denney married Margaret Close, and together they had two children, Roy and Eva. All were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fremont.
Denney died in 1912 at the age of 69. He was buried in Spokane, Washington, where he had lived since at latest 1900.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Fremont, Nebraska, 1882-1983, 1889-1990
Educational & Professional Associations
1860: day laborer, Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
1861-1862: private, Union Army.
1900: architect, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.
1910: contractor, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.
Buildings & Projects
a. Peter Denney is listed as a carpenter in the 1870 census.
1. A. T. Andreas, History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: The Western Historical Company, 1882), 648.
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3. 1870 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter D. Denney,” Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.
4. 1860 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter Denney,” Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.
5. “Peter Denny,” National Park Service, "U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865" accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.
6. 1880 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter Denney,” Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.
D. Murphy, “Peter D. Denney (1843-1912), Architect & Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 21, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, March 31, 2020.
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