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Samuel Fessenden, Portland

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Samuel Fessenden, Portland

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Samuel Fessenden (1784-1869) was a native of Fryeburg. An 1806 graduate of Dartmouth, he studied law and became a lawyer in 1809, practicing in New Gloucester, then Portland.

Before Maine separated from Massachusetts in 1820, Fessenden served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate.

He was a founder of the Maine Anti-slavery Society in the 1830s and was a frequent speaker on topics of slavery and abolition.

He received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College in 1846.

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  • Title: Samuel Fessenden, Portland
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions (cm): 20 x 16
  • Local Code: Photos -- People--Fessenden
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

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