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Superior council recognizes home's ties to US senator

The home of Brent and Ashley Fennessey has been added to the Municipal Register of Historic Places.

810 E. Third Street
The home of Brent and Ashley Fennessey at 810 E. Third Street in Superior. The house is being considered for listing on the Municipal Register of Historic Places.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The city council recognized the history of a Central Park home built by a man who could’ve been a U.S. president

Councilors approved adding 810 E. Third St. to the Municipal Register of Historic Places at their meeting Tuesday, May 17.

Councilor Brent Fennessey, who owns the house with his wife, Ashley, abstained from the vote.

The home was built in the early 1890s by the man who would become the only U.S. senator to come from Superior when he was elected in 1918, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1909.

U.S. Sen. Irvine Lenroot was the Republican party leaders’ choice for vice president in 1920, when Warren G. Harding was selected as the Republican presidential nominee. Delegates at the 1920 convention gave the nomination to Calvin Coolidge instead, and the former Massachusetts governor became president in 1923 when Harding died in office.

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Lenroot continued to serve in the U.S. Senate until 1927 and was appointed as an associate judge on the U.S. Court of Customs and Patents by President Herbert Hoover in 1929. He served as a judge until his retirement in 1944.

Because of the home’s history, the Fennesseys chose to have their home added to the registry as “Lenroot House.”

The Fennesseys will be presented with a plaque to display the historic significance of their home.

“The city pays for that plaque,” said Jeff Skrenes, Superior’s housing coordinator. “The owner then agrees to keep it in a place that’s visible and keep it in good repair.”

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Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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