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William Pitt Fessenden papers

Identifier: LG-22

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of microfilm containing correspondence, telegrams, newspaper clippings and printed material relating to national and Maine state politics. Topics include abolition, the operations of the Treasury Department (1864-1865), financing the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Andrew Johnson's impeachment. Correspondents include Gamaliel Bradford, Nathaniel Dale, Hamilton Fish, Alexander T. Galt, Robert A. Maxwell, Joseph A. Ware and others.

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  • 1832 - 1878


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Reproduction and publication restricted, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Biographical Note

William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869) was a lawyer, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811-1843), U.S. senator (1854-1864) and Secretary of the Treasury (1864-1865).

1806, October 16 Born, Boscawen, New Hampshire

1823 Graduated from Bowdoin College

1827 Admitted to the bar

1829 Entered into law partnership with his father in Portland, Maine

1832 Member of Maine House of Representatives

1832 Married Ellen Maria Deering

1835-1855 Practiced law in partnership with William Willia

1837 Accompanied Daniel Webster on a tour of the western states

1841-1843 U.S. Representative

1854-1864 U.S. Senator

1864-1865 Secretary of the Treasury

1865-1869 U.S. Senator

1869, September 8 Died, Portland, Maine

Principal Speeches

1854 Kansas-Nebraska Bill (against)

1856 Clayton-Bulver Treaty

1857 Dred Scott decision

1858 Lecompton Constitution for Kansas

1868 Impeachment of Andrew Johnson (against)


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 5 reels ( 1,000 items))

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Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Location of Originals

William Pitt Fessenden Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2nd St. and Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, USA

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1968. 5 reels ; 35 mm.

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Repository Details

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