John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment of his series.
Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is New Jersey collector Edward P. Tenney. -Editor
Edward Payson Tenney (1844-1912), was born on September 8, 1844, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of John Haskall Tenney (1808-1882), a wool merchant, and Caroline Appleton Tenney
(1814-1844). His mother died a few weeks after giving birth to Edward. She was 30 years old. His father remarried to Elizabeth "Betsy". He grew up in Chelsea, Suffolk
Edward P. Tenney like his father before him was a woolen goods merchant. He was a collector of broad interests including coins, tokens, gems, and a variety of curiosities.
In 1867, he married Sarah Frances Badger (1843-), at Boston. They had three children Carrie (1870-1951), Marian Louise Tenney (1874-1871), and Edward Frost Tenney ().
In 1880, he lived in Linden, New Jersey.
In April 1910 he was ANA Member No. 1370.
He died on July 16, 1912, 54 days short of his 68th birthday at Roselle, New Jersey.
Tenney correspondence with the Chapman Brothers, registered mail postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1910. Chapman franked the envelope with a nearly 40 year old
obsolete 3c green Washington postage stamp, and a scarce Scott #340
Does anyone have more information on Tenney? He was clearly serious about collecting communion tokens. A woman named Mary McWhorter Tenney authored a 195-page book in 1936
titled Communion Tokens, Their Origin, History and Use, but I have no idea if she was related to him. A copy of the book was sold as lot 750 in the August 15, 1971 Katen
sale of the George Fuld library. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh holds a copy among the numismatic literature references in the Wadsworth Room (references found via the Newman
Numismatic Portal). -Editor
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TENNEY, EDWARD PAYSON
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