Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Warden Solon Tenney Age: 32 years old Tour: 12 years Department of Correction End of Watch: Monday, December 29, 1856
Warden Tenney was stabbed and killed by a prisoner at the Charlestown State Prison.

The prisoner, a 20 year old youth, who was serving time in prison for assaulting a jail guard, was unhappy about the amount of meat he had been receiving at meal time. The suspect had made the knife in the prison shop. As Warden Tenney was making his rounds of the prison at approximately 1530 hours the suspect ran up behind him and stabbed him in the neck. Warden Tenney was able to draw his revolver as he fell to the floor, but fired not shots. The guard on duty in the shop and two other prisoners restrained the suspect and placed him in irons.

Warden Tenney was taken to the prison hospital where he died from his wound.

The suspect later told an investigating Coroner that he got the idea to stab Warden Tenney in the neck after another prisoner had stabbed Deputy Warden Galen Walker in the neck two weeks earlier.

The suspect was convicted of Warden Tenney's murder and sentenced to death. While awaiting his execution he died in prison on January 12, 1858.

Warden Tenney had served in several correctional institutions over a 12-year period and was survived by his wife of three weeks.

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