Samuel C. Fessenden

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Samuel Clement Fessenden (Maine Congressman)

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.


Born in New Gloucester, Massachusetts (now in 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.


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


  • United States Congress. "Samuel C. Fessenden (id: F000097)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Fessenden, Samuel" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ezra B. French
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
James G. Blaine