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Horace Addison Tenney (1820 - 1906)

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Horace Addison Tenney
Born in Grand Isle, VTmap
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Wikipedia Bio:

"Horace Addison Tenney (February 22, 1820 - March 13, 1906) was an American lawyer, politician, printer, and newspaper editor.

Born in Grand Isle, Vermont, Tenney moved with his parents to Elyria, Ohio in 1833. In 1841, Tenney was admitted to the Ohio bar and practiced law. In 1842, he started the Elyria Lorain Republican newspaper. Then, in 1843, Tenney was elected prosecuting attorney of Lorain County, Ohio. Tenney moved to Galena, Illinois in 1845 and started the Galena Jeffersonian newspaper with his brother.

He moved to Madison, Wisconsin Territory in 1846 and was co-owner of the Wisconsin Argus newspaper. Tenney was the Wisconsin territorial printer in 1846 and 1847, and was the reporter of the two Wisconsin Constitutional Conventions. He was also the Wisconsin assistant state geologist. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1857 as a Republican. Tenney served as president of the Village of Madison in 1853 and 1854. He was a regent of the University of Wisconsin. During the American Civil War, Tenney was paymaster for the Union Army. He was in charge of the United States Mail for Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory. During the 1870s, he was involved with the editorial staff of some Chicago newspapers. In the United States election of 1878, Tenney ran for the United States House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district on the Greenback Party ticket."

Further Reading

Horace A Tenney compiled a family history in 1875 which can be accessed at [1]. He includes a personal account of his life on pages 37-45.


  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), H A Tenney, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States; citing family 933, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2015), H A Tenney, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district ED 72, sheet 77B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1421; FHL microfilm 1,255,421.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 January 2015), Horace H Tenney in household of Horace A Tenney, Madison town (excl. Madison city), Dane, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 9A, family 189, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,783.

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