Seldon Connor

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Selden Connor
Selden Connor (Maine Governor).jpg
Born (1839-01-25)January 25, 1839
Fairfield, Maine
Died July 9, 1917(1917-07-09) (aged 78)
Place of burial Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Maine
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1866
Rank Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brigadier General
Unit 1st Vermont Infantry
7th Maine Infantry
Commands held 19th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Other work Politician, banker

Selden Connor (January 25, 1839 – July 9, 1917) was an American soldier, banker, and politician who was the 35th Governor of the U.S. state of Maine.

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Selden Conner was born in Fairfield, Maine, and in 1859 graduated at Tufts College, as well as studying law in Vermont. While attending Tufts University, he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, Connor entered the military service in May 1861 as a private in the 1st Vermont Infantry, but became ill with chronic catarrh, recovering the following winter. In August 1861 was commissioned as lieutenant colonel of the 7th Maine Infantry. Selden became Colonel of the 19th Maine Infantry in January 1864, and was severely wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers on June 11, 1864. General Selden was incapacitated from active field service due to his injuries and was mustered out in 1866.

After the war, Connor began involvement in political issues in 1868, becoming an assessor of the Internal Revenue, as well as serving as the regional collector of internal revenue in 1874. In 1875, Connor was a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial race, to which his nomination was successful, moving onwards to win the General Election. During his time in politics, Connor advocated civil service reform, and supported the resumption of specie payments. Connor was also responsible for promoting a free public school system, in which he was successful. Connor resigned from office on January 8, 1879, after failing to win reelection.

Subsequently, he was United States pension agent from 1882-86. Connor was active in veterans affairs, and in 1890 became president of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. From 1896-99, he was the senior vice-commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. In 1897, he was again appointed as a pension agent. His address on Hannibal Hamlin was published in 1909. Connor remained a prominent figure in Maine politics, and also served as president of the Northern Banking Company.

Selden Connor is buried in Augusta, Maine.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson Dingley, Jr.
Governor of Maine
1876–1879
Succeeded by
Alonzo Garcelon