From Washburn's History of Leicester: Samuel Denny held a prominent and leading place among the men of his day He was lieutenant colonel of the regiment of minute men which marched upon the Lexington alarm In Feb 1776 he was elected colonel of the first regiment in the county of Worcester and in Nov was stationed with the army at Tarrytown He represented the town in the General Court in 1778 and was a member of the Convention which was called to act upon the ratification of the Constitution of the US in Jan 1788 He lived upon Moose Hill in the north west part of the town (Genealogy of the Denny fmaily..., pg. 81)