Edward Goff Penny

For the Member of Parliament for St. Lawrence from 1896–1900, see Edward Goff Penny (MP).
The Honourable
Edward Goff Penny
Senator for Alma, Quebec
In office
March 13, 1874  October 11, 1881
Appointed by Alexander Mackenzie
Preceded by James Leslie
Succeeded by Alexander Walker Ogilvie
Personal details
Born 15 May 1820
Islington (now part of London), England
Died October 11, 1881(1881-10-11) (aged 61)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Occupation Author, newspaper owner

Edward Goff Penny (15 May 1820 11 October 1881) was an English-Canadian journalist, businessman, and politician.

Born in Islington (now part of London), England, Penny moved to Canada in 1844 settling in Montreal and joined the Montreal Herald as a reporter. He would become editor-in-chief and a co-owner of the newspaper, taking it to "its height of success".[1] He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa.

In 1874, he was the first newspaper reporter appointed to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Alma, Quebec. He died in office in 1881.

Arthur G. Penny, the grandson of Edward Goff Penny, died in 1963. His will endowed the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes, in memory of his grandfather. The first prizes were awarded in 1991. The awards are administered by the Canadian Newspaper Association.[2] There are two prizes of $1500 for young journalists between the ages 20 and 25. One is given for newspapers with less than 25,000 circulation, the other is for newspapers with more than 25,000 circulation.


  1. Hopkins, J. Castell (1898). An historical sketch of Canadian literature and journalism. Toronto: Lincott. p. 226. ISBN 0665080484.
  2. http://www.cna-acj.ca/client/cna/cna.nsf/web/PennyAwards/ Canadian Newspaper Association: Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes

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