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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 County, Massachusetts.

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.

Tenney gave talks on gems and emblems at North Reformed Church, Passaic Daily News, Thursday, December 3 (1896) : 4

Tenney photographic lecture on Yellowstone National Park at Plainfield, New Jersey, December 5, 1899.

Tenney advertisement soliciting to buy requesting prices published in Christian Nation, Volume 51, August 25 (1909) : 16

In April 1910 he was ANA Member No. 1370.

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 CV= $125. Rare. $200. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive0

He died on July 16, 1912, 54 days short of his 68th birthday at Roselle, New Jersey.

Bibliography :

Christian Nation, Volume 51, August 25 (1909) : 16

The Numismatist, April (1910) : 118

The Numismatist, July (1910) : 183

New York Tribune, July 16, 1912

Boston Transcript, July 17, 1912 death notice

The Numismatist, March (1913) : 151