Pennall, Robert A. (1811–1854)

By: Robert Wooster

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

Robert A. Pennall, republic congressman and Jasper County district clerk, was born in 1811 in South Carolina. He moved to Texas in 1835 and was elected district clerk in 1837. By 1838 he was serving as clerk for the board of land commissioners of Jasper County. Two years later he was reported as owning half a town lot in Jasper, one slave, and 177 acres in Jasper County. Pennall represented Jasper County in the House of Representatives of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1841–42. He died before October 1854; probate records indicate that he owned one iron and leather trunk valued at ten dollars and one-third league of land valued at just over $440.

Jasper County Probate Minutes (Microfilm, Sam Houston Regional Library, Liberty, Texas). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Wooster, “Pennall, Robert A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995