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The McCreery and Fenton families were prominent Genesee county residents some of whose members distinguished themselves in local and state government, as soldiers during the Civil War, and in the United States diplomatic service.

William M. Fenton (1808-1871), for whom the city of Fenton, Michigan was named, was a lawyer, state senator (1846), lieutenant governor (1848, re-elected 1850), mayor of Flint (1858), and Democratic candidate for governor (1864). During the Civil War, although in his fifties, Fenton raised some of the first troops in the state. His initial appointment was as major in the 7th Michigan Infantry. He later transferred to command of the 8th Michigan Infantry. In 1863, he was discharged with the rank of colonel.

His son-in-law, William B. McCreery (1836-1896), also served in the Civil War. As colonel in the 21st Michigan Infantry, McCreery was wounded and captured at the Battle of Chickamauga (1863) and imprisoned for a time at Libby Prison, but escape with others through the famous tunnel. After the war, he became involved in public service. He was mayor of Flint (1865) and state treasurer (1875-1879). He later was selected to be United States Consul to Chile. During his period of service (1890-1891), relations with Chile were difficult as the country underwent a revolution against the Balmaceda administration. There was an attack on U.S. sailors, sometime referred to as the "Baltimore Affairs" that threatened to bring the United States into a war with Chile.

Assisting McCreery in Chile was his son Fenton R. McCreery (1866-1940) whose subsequent diplomatic career would take him to different countries of Central and South America. Graduating from the Michigan Military Academy in 1888, he accepted assignment with his father as a clerk in the United States consulate in Valparaiso, Chile (1890-1891). Fenton was later appointed secretary of the legation in Santiago (1891-1893), serving as chargé ¤'affaires for four months. Subsequent assignment included posts as secretary of the legation and embassy and chargé ¤'affaires in Mexico (1897-1906), minister resident and consul general in the Dominican Republic (1907), envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary in Honduras (1909-1911) and military attaché ©n Brazil (1919). Fenton, additionally, served as an advisor to a senate subcommittee on foreign relations investigating Mexican affairs (1912-1913). He also lectured widely on Latin American affairs. During World War I, he served in Europe with the Red Cross.

From the guide to the McCreery-Fenton Family papers, 1818-1948, 1860-1940, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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associatedWith Begole, Josiah Williams, 1815-1896 person
associatedWith Belknap, Charles Eugene, 1846-1929 person
associatedWith Blair, Austin, 1818-1894 person
associatedWith Bliss, Aaron Thomas, 1837-1906 person
associatedWith Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 person
associatedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866 person
associatedWith Clayton, Powell, 1833-1914 person
associatedWith Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869 person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.). corporateBody
associatedWith Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915 person
associatedWith Egan, Patrick. person
associatedWith Fenton family. family
associatedWith Fenton, William M., 1808-1871 person
associatedWith Goodrich, Enos, 1813-1897 person
associatedWith Grew, Joseph C. (Joseph Clark), 1880-1965 person
associatedWith Hall, Charles P. person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905 person
associatedWith Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921 person
associatedWith Libby Prison. corporateBody
associatedWith McCreery, Fenton R. (Fenton Reuben), 1866-1940 person
associatedWith McCreery, William B. (William Barker), 1836-1896 person
associatedWith Michigan Military Academy. corporateBody
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associatedWith Pepper, Charles Melville, 1859-1930 person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955 person
associatedWith Rich, John Treadway, 1841-1926 person
associatedWith Ridgely, Benjamin H., 1861-1908 person
associatedWith Robertson, Jno. (John), 1814-1887 person
associatedWith Rosencrans, William Starke, 1819-1898 person
associatedWith Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911 person
associatedWith Sheridan, George Augustus, 1840-1896 person
associatedWith Sherman, John, 1823-1900 person
associatedWith Taliaferro, James Piper, 1847-1934 person
associatedWith Taylor, George Washington, 1849- person
associatedWith Thomas, George Henry, 1816-1870 person
associatedWith United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 21st, 1862-1865. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th, 1861-1865. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th, 1861-1865. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Eber Brock, d. 1873 person
associatedWith Wilcox, Orland B. person
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Latin America.
Fenton (Mich.).
United States
Dominican Republic
Genesee County (Mich.).
New Mexico.
Flint (Mich.).
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863


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