- University of Michigan History and Traditions: Samuel Denton historical marker
Professor of Medicine in the University of Michigan for ten years from 1850. He taught Pathology and the Theory and Practice of Medicine. Born July 2, 1803, at Wallkill, New York, he studied medicine at Castleton, Vermont where he received the M.D. degree in 1825 and came to Ann Arbor. He was elected to the state senate and the Governor appointed him Regent of the University, an office he held for four years. He died on August 17, 1860. With the calm faith of a Christian, he departed into the peace of the dead.
Denton, Samuel (c.1803-1860) — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1837-40; member of Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1845-48. Died in 1860. Burial location unknown.
Dr. Denton earned his medical degree in 1825 at Castleton Medical College in Vermont. He was a successful physician, with an unparalleled dedication to patients. Denton was influential with the Board of Regents, of which he was one of the inaugural members in 1837. He was politically active, serving as a senator in the Michigan legislature from 1845-48. Denton had been trained by Zina Pitcher, and became the professor of physics in the University of Michigan Medical Department when it opened in 1850. His rich professional experience and medical training were an asset in the Medical School’s formative years.
According to A. O. Stephenson’s Ann Arbor, the First Hundred Years, (p237) the owners of stock in the Ann Arbor Land Company were Charles Thayer, William Maynard, E. W. Morgan, Samuel Denton, Augustus Garrett and Daniel Brown.