FENTON, Reuben Eaton

FENTON, Reuben Eaton
Library of Congress
1819–1885

Biography

FENTON, Reuben Eaton, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Carroll, Chautauqua County, N.Y., on July 4, 1819; completed preparatory studies; studied law; engaged in mercantile pursuits; supervisor of Carroll 1846-1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854; elected to the Thirty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until his resignation, effective December 20, 1864, having been elected Governor of New York; chair, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Thirty-sixth Congress), Committee on Claims (Thirty-seventh Congress); Governor of New York 1865-1868; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1875; chair, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Territories (Forty-second Congress); appointed chairman of the United States commission to the International Monetary Conference held at Paris in 1878; engaged in banking; died in Jamestown, N.Y., on August 25, 1885; interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Brigham Young University
Special Collections

Provo, UT
Papers: Correspondence in George Armstrong Custer papers, 1857-1929.

Fenton Historical Society

Jamestown, NY
Papers: 1842-1938. 1 volume and .3 cubic foot. Letters from his term as governor, letters from daughter, scrapbook, printed speeches, and biographical data.
Additional Papers: Material in Helen Grace McMahon papers, 1937-1962; and Carroll town records, 1826-1917.

Knox College
Seymour Library

Galesburg, IL
Papers: 2 letters (October 12, 1869; February 6, 1870) in Post family papers, 1857-1895.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Sayles Jenks Bowen papers, 1839-1882.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1854-1885. 2 boxes. Correspondence (1854-1885) and bound book of telegrams (1865-1868) concerning election campaigns, patronage, and mustering out regiments at the conclusion of the Civil War; speeches; and biographical material.
Additional Papers: Items in Albert D. Shaw papers, 1830-1920; and Charles Lanman collection, 1829-1869 (bulk 1855-1869).

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1865. 1 item.

State University of New York
Poetry and Rare Books

Buffalo, NY
Papers: 5 letters from Fenton (September 12, 1856; 1858; May 9, 1859; October 23, 1867; and August 1, 1880) in the Lockwood collection.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library

Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1864-1884. 6 outgoing letters.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library

Rochester, NY
Papers: 47 letters by and 6 to Fenton (1846-1879) in various collections. Finding aid.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Bedford Town Historian, Bedford Hills, NY; Brown University, Providence, RI; Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY; and Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

McMahon, Helen Grace. "Reuben Eaton Fenton." Master's thesis, Cornell University, 1939.

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