The following is from Emory Washburn's History of Leicester He Thos Denny was a man of more than ordinary ability and of an education superior to most of his contemporaries who were brought up as he was in a country town He held many places of responsibility and trust in the town and county and early engaged in the controversy with the mother country. Some of the spirited and statesman like resolutions and instructions adopted by the town were from his pen He was regarded by the leading public men in Boston as a wise and patriotic counsellor For five years in succession next previous to his death he represented the town in the General Court and was a member of the first Provincial Congress in 1774 He seems to have been a ready and popular debater as well as writer and his death was a public loss and lamented as such He had held the office of colonel of a regiment of militia which was then regarded as a mark of distinguished honor He had won the confidence and respect of the leading men of the day and is spoken of by Hutchinson in his third volume of the History of Massachusetts in connection with Jos Haw ley Jas Warren and several others who he says may be considered as most active and zealous of those who in 1770 were in the opposition to Parliament He died while he was a member of the Provincial Congress (Genealogy of the Denny family..., pg. 80-81)