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William Tenney

September 12, 1785
September 13, 1838
Home Town:
Hollis, NH
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
Pepperell, MA
Newmarket, NH
Phebe Wheeler Tenney (June 17, 1815)
Biographical Notes:
William Tenney was the son of Capt. William and Phebe (Jewett) Tenney. He graduated from Dartmouth College before attending the Law School. Afterwards he moved to Boston, MA to study in the office of Asa Peabody and William Prescott of Boston, MA.

Tenney practiced law for two years in Pepperell, MA before moving to Pepperell, MA. He continued to practice law. Prior to 1831 he moved again to Newmarket, NH where he spent the remainder of his life. He died at the age of fifty-three.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1808.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Boston, MA in 1811
Training with Other Lawyers:
After completing his studies in Litchfield, CT he studied in the office of Asa Peabody and William Prescott of Boston, MA.
State Posts:
Assistant Clerk of the State Senate (NH) 1837
Local Posts:
Postmaster of Lampry River Village (Newmarket, NH) 1823-1838

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849.
Secondary Sources:
Bell, Charles H. The Bench and Bar of New Hampshire. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894.

Chapman, Rev. George T. Sketches Alumni Dartmouth College. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

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