Grand Army of the Republic
Theodore A. Penland
1947 / 1948
1948 / 1949

THEODORE A. PENLAND, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning, September 13, 1950 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Vancouver, Wash., where he had been since early in June.

Born in Goshen, Indiana, January 23, 1849, he enlisted at the age of 16 in Company A, 152nd Indiana Infantry, being mustered out of service August 2, 1865 at Charlestown, W. Va. He lived in Indiana and Michigan for many years, later going west and finally locating in Portland, Oregon. He was the last surviving member of the Grand Army of the Republic in Oregon and his death closed that Department.

Comrade Penland was originally a member of the Post at Goshen, Indiana, later joining the George Wright Post at Portland, Oregon and transferring to Sumner Post of Portland on the disbandment of the George Wright Post. He served as Department Commander of Oregon from 1937 to the end of his life. He was appointed National Patriotic Instructor in 1940 to fill a vacancy caused by death and was again appointed in 1944. In 1945 he was elected Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief and in 1946 he was elected Sr. Vice Commander-in-Chief, serving in that office for two years. In 1948 he was elected Commander-in-Chief and presided at the Final Encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949. At that Encampment a resolution was passed holding all officers in office to the end of the organization, making Commander Penland the final Commander-in-Chief.

On September 1st he flew to Los Angeles, Calif. to be present at the conventions of three of the Allied organizations, returning to Vancouver on the 8th, tired, but apparently in about the same health as when he went to California. The morning of the 13th his angel of death removed him from this life.

Possessed of a genial nature, his passing has brought sadness to many of his friends, and he will be greatly missed by all. Loving sympathy of the remaining members of the Grand Army of the Republic is extended to the bereaved family.

Sr. Vice Commander-in-Chief
Grand Army of the Republic


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