Denison, Nathan

views updated

Denison, Nathan

DENISON, NATHAN. (1740–1809). Militia officer. Connecticut. A native of New London, he was a well-educated man who became one of the early Connecticut settlers of the Wyoming Valley and was active in its affairs. In 1774 he and Zebulon Butler became justices of the peace of the newly established town of Westmoreland. In 1777 Denison was made lieutenant colonel of the Connecticut militia, and later in the year he was promoted to colonel, a grade he held until 1780. He commanded troops in the Wyoming Valley Massacre in July 1778 and figured prominently in that action. After the war he held several important posts under the authority of Pennsylvania. He died on 25 January 1809 at the age of sixty-eight.

SEE ALSO Wyoming Valley Massacre, Pennsylvania.


Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Rare Book Shop Pub. Co., 1914.