- Reuben Fenton
name = Reuben Eaton Fenton
order = 22nd
office = Governor of New York
term_start = 1865
term_end = 1868
Thomas G. Alvord(1865-1866) Stewart L. Woodford(1867-1868)
John T. Hoffman
birth_date = birth date|1819|7|4|mf=y
Carroll, New York
death_date = death date and age|1885|8|15|1819|7|4|mf=y
Jamestown, New York
party = Republican
He was the son of a
farmer. He was elected a colonelof the New York State Militiain 1840. He became a lumbermerchant, and entered politics as a Democrat. He was Supervisor of the Town of Carroll from 1843 to 1850.
He was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd, and served from
March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. In his first term in Congress, Fenton strongly opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Actof 1854 and unsuccessfully tried to persuade President Franklin Pierceand U.S. Secretary of State William L. Marcyto oppose the bill. He was defeated for reelection that year. He was again elected, now as a Republican, to the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th United States Congresses, and served from 1857 to 1865.
Governor of New Yorkfrom 1865 to 1868. In 1868 he was among the candidates to be Vice President but the nomination went eventually to Schuyler Colfax. Afterwards he was elected to the U.S. Senateand served from 1869 to 1875. In 1872 he was among the Republicans opposed to President Ulysses S. Grantwho joined the short-lived Liberal Republican Party.
In 1878, he represented the United States at the international monetary conference in
Fenton was known as "The Soldiers' Friend" for his efforts to help returning Civil War veterans. Fenton worked to remove tuition charges for public education, helped to establish six schools for training teachers, and signed the charter for
After his death, a building at The State University of New York at Fredonia, Fenton Hall, was named in his honor because he had attended the previous incarnation of the school, the Fredonia Academy.
His former home in Jamestown is the site of the Fenton Historical Society.
* [http://www.mrlincolnandnewyork.org/inside.asp?ID=58&subjectID=3 Mr. Lincoln and New York: Reuben E. Fenton]
* [http://books.google.com/books?hl=pt-BR&id=T7AsAAAAIAAJ&jtp=5 Google Book] "Life Sketches of State Officers, Senators, and Members of Assembly in the State of New York in 1867" by S. R. Harlow and H. H. Boone (Weed, Parsons & Co., Albany NY, 1867)
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