Biography of Henry S. Fenner
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Fenner, Henry Smith, treasurer of the Slade Mills, was born in Smithfield, R. I., May 31, 1846, the eldest son of Henry Greene and Laura Amey (Smith) Fenner. He is a direct descendant of four of the oldest and most noted of Rhode Island families, a lineal descendant in the eighth generation from Capt. Arthur Fencer, a lieutenant in Cromwell's army, who settled in Rhode Island in 1649, where after varied military experiences he was appointed on June 19, 1676. chief commander of the king's garrison at Providence, and of all other garrisons there; in the ninth generation from Roger Williams; and in the ninth generation from Richard Waterman, who on October 8, 1638. was one of the twelve to whom Roger Williams deeded the land acquired from the Indians and one of the twelve original members of the First Baptist Church of Providence, R. I., organized in 1639; and also in the ninth generation a descendant from John Greene, the first settler of Warwick, R. I., from whom in the fifth generation descended Major General Nathaniel Greene of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Fenner is also in the eighth generation from Richard Borden of Aquidueck, R. I. Henry S. Fenner was prepared for college at Lapham Institute. North Scituate, R. I., and was graduated from Brown University, Bachelor of Philosophy, in 1870. Among his classmates were President E. Benjamin Andrews and Professors N. F. Davis, Alonzo Williams, Wilfred H. Munro, and Richard S. Colwell of Brown University and Dean John M. English of Newton Theological Seminary. His father's uncle, John Fenner, entering a mill in 1818, was a cotton mill agent in the earliest days of cotton manufacture, and his father, Henry Greene Fenner, followed the same business all his life, as did his only brother, George A. Fenner, until his death in 1892. Mr. Penner, like the rest of his family, was a cotton manufacturer, and after having charge of several mill plants in Rhode Island came to the Slade Mills in 1875 as superintendent and was chosen treasurer in 1876. He was also chosen a director in the Fall River National Bank, a trustee in the Fall River Home for the Aged, was a member of the City Council and was president of the Brown Alumni Association at Fall River in 1890. December 12, 1878, he married Mary Jane, daughter of John C. Milne, of Fall River, and they have four children: Henry Milne, Joseph Almy, Laura and George Arthur.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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