Zeno Scudder

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Zeno Scudder
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1854
Preceded by Joseph Grinnell (10th)
William Appleton (1st)
Succeeded by Edward Dickinson (10th)
Thomas D. Eliot (1st)
Constituency 10th district (1851–53)
1st district (1853–54)
President of the
Massachusetts State Senate[1]
In office
Preceded by William B. Calhoun
Succeeded by Joseph Bell
Member of the
Massachusetts State Senate[2]
In office
Personal details
Born (1807-08-18)August 18, 1807
Barnstable, Massachusetts[2]
Died June 26, 1857(1857-06-26) (aged 49)[1][2]
Osterville section of Barnstable, Massachusetts[2]
Political party Whig

Zeno Scudder (August 18, 1807 – June 26, 1857) was the son of Deacon Josiah[1] and Hannah Scudder. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He was born in Osterville, Massachusetts on August 18, 1807. He wanted to follow the sea, but a paralysis of his right leg made that impossible. He studied medicine at Bowdoin College but his lameness hindered his practice so he decided to take up law at the Cambridge Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1856 and conducted a lucrative practice in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Scudder was a member of the Massachusetts Senate 1846–1848 and served as Senate President.

Scudder was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses. His special interest while in Congress was American Fisheries. He served from March 4, 1851, until his resignation on March 4, 1854, because of a broken leg suffered in a fall, the effects of which he never recovered.

Scudder died in Barnstable, Massachusetts on June 26, 1857 and was interred in Hillside Cemetery, Osterville.


  1. ^ a b c Freeman, Frederick (1862), History of Cape Cod: The Annals of the Thirteen Towns of Barnstable County, Vol, II., Boston, MA: Frederick Freeman, p. 337. 
  2. ^ a b c d Swift, Charles Francis (1897), Cape Cod, the right arm of Massachusetts: An Historical Narrative, Yarmouth, MA: Register Publishing Company, p. 269. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William B. Calhoun
President of the Massachusetts Senate
1848 — 1848
Succeeded by
Joseph Bell
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Grinnell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
Edward Dickinson
Preceded by
William Appleton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1854
Succeeded by
Thomas D. Eliot