The Tener Family

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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Alexander Campbell Tener

(Tener Book - pg. 74)
What follows will be a compilation of 'data' from a few different sources.  These resources will include his WWI Draft Registration Card, an obituary from the "Herald" November 1965, the 1930 US Census, and newspaper articles from Gettysburg and New York.  (** All of these resources are available on line through a number of available databases.

We know that Alexander C. Tener was the oldest of four children of George E. Tener II and his wife Annie Francis Fallbush Tener. 

Alexander was born October 13, 1888 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools of Pittsburgh and Sewickley, Pa.  He graduated from the Hill School of Pottstown, PA, in 1908.  The Hill School has a web site (June 2004) and in it they describe their school:
"Founded in 1851 as "The Family Boarding School," The Hill may be distinguished from other college preparatory schools by its commitment to sustaining an ideal "family" learning environment. Indeed, The Hill was the first school in the country to have students live with faculty in their campus home away from home."

Alexander then attended Yale University.  He would graduate from Yale in 1912.  Also in 1912, Alexander C. Tener was elected to a prestigious "secret society" at Yale - the Skull and Bones.  One internet site discusses research for a book - and describing the organization - which incidentally allegedly includes current President George Bush:

A.C. Tener completed his legal education at Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1915.  He was admitted to the Allegheny County Pennsylvania Bar on March 9, 1916.

About 1916 at age 28 he married Marion Clement. Their son, George E. Tener III would be born in May 1917. 

Suffice it to say, at least one obvious fact, Alexander Tener was a nephew of the governor of Pennsylvania - John Kinley Tener III. 

Alexander Tener would engage in the practice of law with his brother, Kinley J. Tener.  In 1954 he became the senior partner of the law firm of Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf, Moore and Forsyth, continuing as such until his death.

In 1943 he was appointed by the then sitting Governor Martin to a vacant seat as Judge of the Orphan's Court of Allegheny County which would become effective December 30, 1943.  This seat would be up for re-election in November 1945.  In a November 7, 1945 edition of the newspaper in Gettysburg there ran an article to the effect that Alexander Campbell who ran as a Republican, was defeated in his re-election bid.

Alexander Campbell was a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Law Examiners for many years, and he served as a director of Phelps Dodge Corporation, Fidelity Trust Company of Pittsburgh and other corporations.  He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sewickley Academy "upon its organization" and was also a Trustee of St. Andrew's Hospital, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

During WWI Judge Tener served in Naval Intelligence and during WWII he was on the Price Adjustment Board for the Pittsburg Ordinance District of the US Army.  He was a member of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church and held memberships in the Duquesne and Harvard-Yale-Princeton Clubs of Pittsburgh, the Edgeworth, Allegheny Country and Sewickley Hunt Clubs of Sewickley and the University Club of New York City. 

Funeral services were held at H. Sampson Inc., of Pittsburgh, at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 10, 1965.  Internment was made at the family plot in Sewickley Cemetery.

I am relatively certain that Alexander Campbell Tener's son George is the person who hosted the 1973 Tener Family Reunion that was held to celebrate, or commemorate, the 100 year anniversary of the immigration of the ancestors.  This was held in Leesburg, Va. I think and there was a newspaper article discussing the event and listing the attendees.

July 4, 2004  DCH