William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869)
William Pitt Fessenden was the U.S. secretary of the Treasury. In 1831 Fessenden entered the Maine legislature. In 1854 he went to the Senate. Fessenden was considered a great orator and debater. As the chair of the Finance Committee, Fessenden played a large part in the financing of the war. In 1859 he was elected for a six-year term in the Senate. In 1864 Lincoln appointed Fessenden secretary of the treasury. He served for eight months, then returned to the Senate in 1865. In that same year he became chairman of the joint committee on Reconstruction, writing a famous report that President Johnson subsequently attacked.
- 1863 circa 5 years
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- Mathew Brady
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