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The Tennilles

Francis Tennille (1747)
William A. Tennille (1792)
Francis T. Tennille (1799)
William A. Tennille (1840)
Mary A. Tennille (1870)
George F. Tennille (1873)
William A. Tennille, Jr. (1877)

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George Francis Tennille


[news article text:]

New York Herald Tribune,
Saturday, May 28, 1927

Head of Cincinnati Society in Georgia Commits Suicide
G.F. Tennille, of Savannah, Former New Yorker, Kills Self Grieving Over Wife, Who Also Ended Her Life
(Special to the Herald Tribune)

SAVANNAH, Ga., May 27. - George Francis Tennille, president of the Society of the Cincinnati in the state of Georgia, committed suicide here early to-day, presumably because of his grief over the death of his wife, who committed suicide by asphyxiation last Friday, and by the death of his sister-in-law, Mrs. W.G. Barnwell, who shot herself several months ago.

He was found by a maid when she carried his breakfast to him. The revolver bullet went through his head, lodging in the wall of the room. He died in St. Joseph's Hospital a few hours later.Mr. Tennille is survived by a sister,

Mrs. William Frederick Dix, of South Orange, N.J., and by a brother, William A. Tennille of New Jersey. He also leaves a daughter. He was president and treasurer of the Ballinger Engineering Corporation. Mr. Tennille also for many years was vice-president of the Southern Cotton Oil Company. He was born in New York March 6, 1873, a son of William Alexander and Clara (Tuttle) Tennille.

He attained his preliminary education in the schools of New York, and in 1894 was graduated from the School of Mines, Columbia University. He became chemist and afterward superintendent of factories for the Central Lard Company, New York.

He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity; University Club of New York City, Society of the Cincinnati in Georgia, Oglethorpe Club and Union Society of Savannah. Mr. Tennille married Miss Jessie M. Chisholm, of Savannah.



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