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Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869

 

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  • Existence: 1806 - 1869

William Pitt Fessenden (October 16, 1806 – September 8, 1869) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Fessenden was a Whig (later a Republican) and member of the Fessenden political family. He served in the United States House of Representatives and Senate before becoming Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. A lawyer, he was a leading antislavery Whig in Maine; in Congress, he fought the Slave Power (the plantation owners who controlled southern states). He built an antislavery coalition in the state legislature that elected him to the U.S. Senate; it became Maine's Republican organization.

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Webster Mss 000011
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Identifier: Mss 000011
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Webster Mss 000012
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Identifier: Mss 000012
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Webster Mss 838271
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Identifier: Mss 838271
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Webster Mss 840458
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Identifier: Mss 840458
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Webster Mss 841158
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Identifier: Mss 841158
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