Biography of Samuel J. Lennon
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Lennon, Samuel J., born in Schodack, N. Y., December 31, 1844, is the son of James and Mary (Davis) Lennon, both natives of Wicklow, Ireland, and came to Schodack in 1828 and there lived and died. Samuel J. was educated in the common schools. He started in life at the age of ten years, learning the confectionery and pastry cook business, and after serving five years as an apprentice he worked two years as journeyman, and September 5, 1861, enlisted in Company C, 1st Battalion, Twelfth U. S. Infantry, H. R. Rathbone, captain, and served three years, and about a week previous to expiration of enlistment he was taken prisoner on the Weldon Railroad and taken to Libby prison and held for three weeks and four weeks on Belle Island and was in Salisbury prison, N. C., five months. Mr. Lennon was in the following battles: Yorktown, Williamstown, Second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, three days in the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Laurel Hill, North Anna, Tolopotomoy Creek, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad. At the close of the war Mr. Lennon was sick two years and then entered the confectionery business in Nassau. His business rapidly increased, so that the output in sweets exceeded one half ton. Mr. Lennon has been correspondent for the local newspaper and others for thirty years.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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