Fenton, Reuben E. (Reuben Eaton), 1819-1885

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Born in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York on 4 July 1819, and was educated in a rural school. At the age of twenty he moved to Jamestown, where he entered the lumber business and soon became a prosperous merchant. He also studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1841. Elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1852, he vigorously opposed the extention of Slavery, and soon afterward joined the Republican Party and was elected to Congress of that party, representing the Chautauqua District, from 1856 to 1864, when he was elected Governor of New York State. Both as Congressman and Governor, he was a strong supporter of the Lincoln Administration and its war policies. In 1869, he was elected to the United States Senate, holding the office for one term. As a Senator, he most often voted with the radical wing of the Republican Party. In 1878, he was appointed chairman of the International Monetary Conference in Paris. He died in Jamestown, New York on 24 August 1885.

From the description of Papers, 1854-1885. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122519796

Congressman, governor.

From the description of Papers, 1842-1938. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155439724

Governor of New York and United States Senator.

From the description of Letter signed : Albany, N.Y., to President Johnson, 1865 Jun. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270537565

Governor of New York State, 1865-1868.

From the description of Reuben Fenton papers, 1865-1875. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63534477

Reuben Eaton Fenton was a United States senator and governor of New York State. Shortly before his retirement from public life in 1875, he wrote to Mrs. Barnes (24 May 1875):

...it is my fixed purpose not to be a candidate, under any circumstances. Why should I? Is not twenty years of service in high official positions enough to fill the measure of ordinary ambition? I do not ignore the public view, outside of all personal considerations, to which you refer, but feel that you overestimate my importance to it.

From the guide to the Reuben E. Fenton Letters, 1864-1884, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Kelly, Katharine Barrett,. Local history documents and ephemera, 1807-1968. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Ezra Cornell papers, (bulk), 1746-1888, 1844-1870 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Wilder, Dexter. Dexter Wilder papers, 1836-1872. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Sherman, Isaac, 1818-1881. Papers of Isaac Sherman, 1832-1913 (bulk 1848-1881). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Fenton, Reuben Eaton, 1819-1885. Letter, 1863, June 16, Maryland, to Capt. Foster. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Sayles Jenks Bowen Papers, 1836-1882, (bulk 1876-1882) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Augustus Mendon Lord collection, Lord (Augustus Mendon) collection, (bulk 1876-1908), 1778-1908 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886. Letter, 1865 Feb. 9, Washington, D.C., to R.E. Fenton, [Albany, N.Y.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Page, William, 1811-1885. William Page and Page family papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn New York (State). Adjutant General's Office. Correspondence and petitions, 1821-1896. New York State Archives
creatorOf Humphreys, A. A. (Andrew Atkinson), 1810-1883. Autograph letter signed : Head Qrs. 2d Corps, Va., to Reuben E. Fenton, 1865 Jan. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bowen, Sayles Jenks, 1813-1896. Sayles Jenks Bowen papers, 1836-1882 (bulk 1876-1882). Library of Congress
referencedIn Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. Collection, 1829-1869. Bulk: 1855-1869. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Fenton, Reuben Eaton, 1819-1885. Reuben Fenton papers, 1865-1875. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Weed, Thurlow, 1797-1882. Thurlow Weed papers, 1838-1891. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887. Autograph letter signed : Cumberland, to Governor Fenton of New York, 1865 Sept. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fenton, Reuben Eaton, 1819-1885. Papers, 1854-1885. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Cornell University. Cornell University charter, 1865. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882. Letters, 1856-1859. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. Letters, 1863 Aug. 20 -- 1866 Sept. 13, to William M. Evarts. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Clifford, Jeremiah, fl. 1865-1868. Case file, 1865-1868. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Shaw, Albert D. (Albert Duane), 1841-1901. Papers, 1830-1920. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Lockman, DeWitt McClennan, 1870-1957,. [Map of the area later bounded by 42nd and 53rd Streets, Broadway and 9th Avenues, Manhattan, New York (N.Y.)]. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hillyer, William Silliman, 1831-1874. Papers of William Silliman Hillyer, 1822 (1861-1874) 1931, [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Morgan, Edwin D. (Edwin Denison), 1811-1883. Papers, 1830-1872. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf New York (State). Governor (1865-1869 : Fenton). Military commission of John Wilkes Wilkeson, 1865 Sept. 18. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Fenton, Reuben E. (Reuben Eaton), 1819-1885. Letter signed : Albany, N.Y., to President Johnson, 1865 Jun. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Reuben E. Fenton Letters, 1864-1884 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Fenton, Reuben Eaton, 1819-1885. Reuben Fenton papers, 1865-1875. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Browning, Irving, 1895-1961. Autograph Collection, 1678-1966. New York State Library
creatorOf Fenton, Reuben Eaton, 1819-1885. Papers, 1842-1938. New York State Historical Documents
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Albany (N.Y.)
Jamestown (N.Y.)
United States
New York (State)
United States
New York (State)
New York (State)--Jamestown
Subject
Women--Education
Governor
New York State
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Governors--New York (State)
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Politicians
Governors
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Birth 1819-07-04

Death 1885-08-25

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