Samuel C. Fessenden

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Samuel Clement Fessenden (March 7, 1815 – April 18, 1882) was a United States Congressman from Maine, son of abolitionist Samuel Fessenden, and brother of Treasury Secretary William Pitt Fessenden and Congressman T. A. D. Fessenden. He was an uncle of Union Army generals, Francis Fessenden and James D. Fessenden.

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Born in New Gloucester, Maine, Samuel Fessenden graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834 and from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1837. He was ordained and installed as pastor of the Second Congregational Church of Thomaston, Maine from 1837 to 1856. He then established the Maine Evangelist and began to study law. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing in 1858, eventually becoming judge of the Rockland municipal court.

He was elected as a Republican to the 37th Congress, serving March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863; was not a candidate for renomination. He was an examiner in the United States Patent Office from 1865 to 1879 and then the United States consul at Saint John, New Brunswick from 1879 to 1881.

He died in Stamford, Connecticut in 1882. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine.

Family[edit]

Samuel Clement's son Joshua Abbe Fessenden (born in Rockland, Maine) was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 1st U. S. Cavalry, 24 March 1862; 2nd lieutenant 5th Artillery, 6 September 1862; 1st lieutenant, 30 November 1865; captain, 26 June 1882. He was wounded at Chickamauga. Samuel Clement's son Samuel (born in Rockland) was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 5th Maine battery, 18 January 1865. He was a lawyer and politician in Stamford, Connecticut.


 
 
 
William Fessenden
(1694–1756)
 
Martha Brown
(1699–1746)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Fessenden
(1718–1758)
 
 
 
 
Thomas Fessenden
(1739–1813)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Fessenden
(1747–1805)
 
 
Thomas G. Fessenden
(1771–1837)
 
William Fessenden
(1779–1815)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Samuel Fessenden
(1784–1869)
 
 
 
 
Elisha Hunt Allen
(1804–1883)
 
Sarah Elizabeth Fessenden
(1808–1845)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William P. Fessenden
(1808–1869)
 
Samuel C. Fessenden
(1815–1881)
 
T. A. D. Fessenden
(1826–1868)
 
William Fessenden Allen
(1831–1906)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
James Deering Fessenden
(1833–1897)
 
Francis Fessenden
(1839–1907)
 
Samuel Fessenden
(1841–1862)

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