Sonnor, Selden, 1839-1917

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Seldon Conner was born in Fairfield, Maine, and in 1859 graduated at Tufts College, as well as studying law in Vermont. While attending Tufts University, he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, Connor entered the military service in May 1861 as a private in the 1st Vermont Infantry, but became ill with chronic catarrh, recovering the following winter. In August 1861 was commissioned as lieutenant colonel of the 7th Maine Infantry. Seldon became Colonel of the 19th Maine Infantry in January 1864, and was severely wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers on June 11, 1864. General Seldon was incapacitated from active field service due to his injuries and was mustered out in 1866.

After the war, Connor began involvement in political issues in 1868, becoming an assessor of the Internal Revenue, as well as serving as the regional collector of internal revenue in 1874. In 1875, he was elected governor of Maine as a Republican. He appointed James G. Blaine to the vacant Senate seat. During his time in politics, Connor advocated civil service reform, and supported the resumption of specie payments. Connor was also responsible for promoting a free public school system, in which he was successful. Connor resigned from office on January 8, 1879, after failing to win reelection.

Subsequently, he was United States pension agent from 1882-86. Connor was active in veterans affairs, and in 1890 became president of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. From 1896-99, he was the senior vice-commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. In 1897, he was again appointed as a pension agent. His address on Hannibal Hamlin was published in 1909. Connor remained a prominent figure in Maine politics, and also served as president of the Northern Banking Company.

Seldon Connor is buried in Augusta, Maine.

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Connor, Selden, 1839-1917. Papers, 1858-1866. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs, 1862-ca. 1886. Houghton Library
referencedIn Connor, Seldon -- Brigadier General United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn McLane, John Augustus Hendrix, 1848-1893. Papers, 1841-1893 (bulk: 1864-1893) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Papers, 1775-1913, (bulk 1828-1913) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Shaw, Jane, fl. 1873-1879. Jane Shaw diary, 1873-1879. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828-1914. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain papers, 1775-1913 (bulk 1828-1913). Library of Congress
referencedIn McLane, John Augustus Hendrix, 1848-1893. John Augustus Hendrix McLane papers, 1841-1893 (inclusive), 1864-1893 (bulk). Yale University Library
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contributorOf 1865 - Connor, Selden - File No. C1051 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
contributorOf Consolidated Military Officer's File of Selden Connor, District of Columbia, 1864 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Consolidated Military Officer's File of Selden Connor, Maine, 1864 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn [Vermont] Connor, Selden - 1st Infantry (3 Months, 1861), Company B United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn [Maine] Connor, Selden - 7th Infantry, Company E,F&S United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn [Maine] Connor, Selden - 19th Infantry, Company F&S United States. National Archives and Records Administration
contributorOf 1865 - Connor, Selden - File No. C1716 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
contributorOf 1865 - Connor, Selden - File No. C1447 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Place Name Admin Code Country
Williamsburg VA US
Spotsylvania County VA US
Augusta ME US
Antietam MD US
Maine ME US
Gettysburg PA US
Somerville MA US
Orange County VA US
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Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Civil War, 1861-1865
Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864
Williamsburg, Battle of, Williamsburg, Va., 1862
Republican Party
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Governors--19th century
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Soldiers--19 century.--United States
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Politicians--Maine
Governors--Maine
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Birth 1839-01-25

Death 1917-07-09

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