August 11, 1832, Rutherford County, Tennessee.
April 29, 1895, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Eureka Springs Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Penn was the husband of Corilla Frances Sayle.
He was educated at the Male Academy in Trenton, Tennessee, and at Union University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After reading law at the firm of Williams and Wright, he became an attorney and opened his own office in Lexington, Tennessee, around 1852. He served as an officer in the American civil war, spending over a year as a prisoner. After the war, he moved his family to Jefferson, Texas, where he returned to the practice of law. Active in the church, he served as president of the Texas Baptist Sunday School and Colportage Convention in 1873 and 1874. He later became an ordained Baptist minister, and a well known evangelist in Texas, other states, Scotland, and England. His works include:
- Harvest Bells (Palestine, Texas: 1882)
- There Is No Harm in Dancing (St. Louis, Missouri: Lewis E. Kline, 1884)
- Harvest Bells, with Joseph Hunt (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1882)
- Harvest Bells No. 2, with Joseph Hunt (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1885)
- Harvest Bells No. 3, with Horace Lincoln (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1887)
- The Life and Labors of Major W. E. Penn, published posthumously in 1896
- Alas, Alas, My Day Is Passed
- Are Your Treasures on Earth?
- As Doves to Their Windows When Darkness
- Behold the Savior Stand Today
- Cheer Up, Brethren, Never Fear
- Christians, Are You Growing Weary?
- Come Now, and Let Us Reason
- Early in the Morning, Blessed Savior
- Fields Are White to Harvest, The
- First and Last Call, The
- Go Forward, Said the Captain
- Harvest Bells
- Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth
- I Am Waiting, O My Savior
- I Believe That Jesus Died
- I Love to Think of That Beautiful Home
- If the Savior You Would Know
- I’m Weary, Heavy Laden
- In Our Father’s Home
- I’ve Often Been Told
- Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
- Lift Up Your Eyes, Behold and See
- O Hear the Gospel Trumpet
- O Lord, I Am Burdened
- O Sinner, Cast All Doubts Away
- O That I Knew Where I Might Find
- Of All the Words Man Ever Heard
- On Land, on Sea, Where’er We Go
- Royal and Rare Was the Wondrous Store
- Should Jesus Come at Early Morning
- Sheltering Rock, The
- There’s a Gate We’re Told
- ’Tis Here We Come to See
- ’Tis Supper Time, the Feast Is Spread
- ’Twas Night, and All Around Was Still
- Wanderer Away from Jesus
- What Are You Doing for Jesus?
- When Darkness Gathers o’er My Soul
- Are the Signals All Right?
- Open Mine Eyes
- Papa, Are You Ready?
- Then We’ll See Him