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Tenney, Charles Daniellocked

(29 June 1857–14 March 1930)
  • Jessie G. Lutz


Tenney, Charles Daniel (29 June 1857–14 March 1930), missionary, educator, and diplomat in China, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Rev. Daniel Tenney, a Congregational minister, and Mary Adams Parker. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1878 and his M.A. in 1879; in 1900 his alma mater awarded him an honorary doctor of laws. Reared in a religious household and educated during a time of growing interest in missions among college students, he decided to enter divinity school after a year of teaching at an academy in New Hampshire. Immediately upon graduation from Oberlin Theological Seminary in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1882, Tenney was assigned by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Shanxi, China. He thereby joined what became known as the “Oberlin Band,” dedicated to educational and evangelistic work in this poverty-stricken province. His wife, Anne Runcie Jerrell of Bridgeton, New Jersey, whom he had married in March of that year, accompanied him. The couple would have five children, two daughters and three sons. While at Taigu, Shanxi, Tenney founded a primary school where Kong Xiangxi, banker and Guomindang official, learned English and became acquainted with Christianity....

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