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This collection contains papers belonging to the Dennison family of New York and Arkansas including the military appointments of Samuel Dennison and Joseph Dennison and business papers of George W. Dennison of Little Rock from 1814 through 1874.

Biographical/Historical Note

Leonard Dennison was the son of Peleg Dennison and was born January 1, 1792. He settled in Sacket's Harbor, New York where he owned one of the earliest line of steamboats on Lake Ontario. Leonard's brothers Joseph Dennison and Samuel Dennison were partners in his business. During the War of 1812, Leonard Dennison transported troops and supplies for the United States Army. Joseph Dennison died in 1843 and Samuel died in 1862 both without issue. Leonard married Phebe Augusta Ely February 15, 1819 in Sacket's Harbor. They had twelve children, including George Wilson Dennison who was born August 10, 1840 in Sacket's Harbor. George Wilson Dennison was appointed registrar of the United States Land Office in Arkansas where he lived until 1876. After eleven years in Atlanta, Georgia and Kentucky, Dennison moved back to Little Rock where he was active in the business community until his retirement in 1904. Dennison married Olivia Cochran Vandegrift September 26, 1871 and they had three daughters: Lina, Hetty, and Maggie. George W. Dennison died in Little Rock, Arkansas March 7, 1916. Dennison street in Little Rock is named after him.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

New York; Arkansas





Resource Type



Dennison family papers, SMC.057.005


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Dennison family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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