Samuel Tenney

TENNEY, Samuel, physician, born in Byfield, Massachusetts, 27 November, 1748; died in Exeter, New Hampshire, 6 February, 1816. He was graduated at Harvard in 1772, taught, one year at Andover, Massachusetts, and then, after studying medicine, went to practice at Exeter, New Hampshire, but on the day of the battle of Bunker Hill joined the patriot army as a surgeon. After serving one year with Massachusetts troops, he entered the Rhode Island forces. At the battle of Red Bank he dressed the wounds of Count yon Donop, the Hessian commander. Dr. Tenney served through the war, and at its close returned to Exeter, where he married, but did not resume practice. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1788, and judge of probate from 1793 till 1800, when he was elected to congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Gordon, and taking his seat on 8 December, served till 1807.

While Colonel Angell was with his regiment on the Jersey side of the river, a general order of General Washington designated Doctor Samuel Tenney, surgeon of his regiment, to act as Surgeon General of the army until one shall be properly authorized by Doctor Cockran. This was on the 25th November.


Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889 & edited Stanley L. Klos, 1999

Lovell, Louise Lewis. Israel Angell, Colonel of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment. [New York]: Knickerbocker Press, 1921.

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