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Dr Fenner Harris Peckham, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1820
Killingly
Windham County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 1887
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

DR. FENNER HARRIS PECKHAM, son of Dr. Hazael, was born in the town of Killingly, Windham Co., Conn., Jan. 27 , 1820. After pursuing a course of academic studies, he entered the office of Dr. Justin Hammond, a widely known physician of Windham county, where he studied medicine. He later continued his studies under Profs. Knight and Hooker of New Haven, and was graduated from Yale Medical College in 1842. He commenced the practice of his chosen profession in East Killingly, but soon removed to what is now known as Putnam Heights, where he continued until 1852, building up a successful practice. In the year last named he removed with his family to Providence, R.I., where he continued practice, and where he remained up to the time of his death. He was one of the best known physicians in the State , and took a deep interest in his profession. While in Connecticut he was a member of the State Medical Society, and when he removed to Providence he became a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society and was its president twice . For a number of years he was physician and surgeon of the Marine Hospital at Providence, and was a member of the medical board of the Economical Life Insurance Company. In addition to attending to his regular practice, he made reports and addresses on special subjects, and he also contributed to medical literature a monograph on Hydrophobia, the first presented before the American Association, and on the Topographical Geological Condition of the Second District of Rhode Island, found in the report of Dr. Baxter in Statistics of Volunteer Service.
On the opening of the Civil war Dr. Peckham volunteered his services for the defense of the Union, and was commissioned Aug. 15, 1861, surgeon of the 3d Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. He had first been assigned to duty with the 2d R.I.V . at Washington, and afterward had charge of the medical department of Camp Sprague, after the first battle of Bull Run. He joined the 3d regiment after the command had reached and taken possession of Port Royal, S.C., but the enervating character of the climate, and his arduous duties, compelled him to resign his commission in February, 1862. In April, 1863, he was appointed surgeon of the board of enrollment of the second district of Rhode Island, and at the request of Gov. J. Y. Smith, officially visited Fortress Monroe, continuing his efficient services with the board until the termination of the Rebellion. He was noted for his upright character and gentlemanly demeanor, and was highly respected. He died Feb. 17, 1887, and was buried in Swan Point cemetery.
In 1840 Dr. Peckham was married to Catherine Davis, daughter of Capt. William Torrey, and the marriage was blessed with children as follows: Katherine Fenner, born in February, 1841; Rosa Frances, Oct. 28, 1842; Fenner H., Feb. 11, 1844; Ella Lois Torrey, Sept. 12, 1846; Grace, Oct. 16, 1848; and Mary Davis, Feb. 10, 1853, who died Nov. 11, 1895.

Dr. Fenner H. Peckham is a Republican in political faith. His religious connections, like those of his family, are with the Episcopal Church. He is a member of the A.F. & A.M., affiliating with Whatcheer Lodge, and also unites with the Loyal Legion, Massachusetts Commandery; Rodman Post, G.A.R., the Squantum Club; the University Club; the West Side Club (former president); the Central Club; and the Agawam Hunt and Long Meadow Golf Clubs. He is State commissioner of birds from Providence county, R.I., and chairman of the commission and member of the Anawan Club. In professional circles he holds membership in the Rhode Island Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and is United States pension examining surgeon. Dr. Peckham is also prominently connected with the mercantile and banking interests of Providence. He is president of the Hope Webbing Company, vice-president of the Providence Telephone Company, director of the Narragansett Electric Lighting Company, Mechanics National Bank, Free Masons Hall Company, Providence & Springfield Railroad Company, and Wood River Branch Railroad Company, and trustee of the Mechanics Savings Bank. 
 
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 Parents:
  Hazael Peckham (1777 - 1837)
  Susannah Thornton Peckham (1776 - 1862)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Davis Torrey Peckham (1819 - 1853)
 
 Children:
  Rosa Frances Peckham Danielson (1842 - 1922)*
  Fenner Harris Peckham (1844 - 1915)*
  Ella Lois Torrey Peckham Baldwin (1846 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 17, 2010
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Dr Fenner Harris Peckham, Sr
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