Samuel Fessenden (lawyer)

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Samuel Fessenden
BornApril 12, 1847
DiedJanuary 7, 1908
OccupationLawyer, politician
Years active1970–1990

Samuel Fessenden (April 12, 1847 – January 7, 1908) was an American lawyer, politician, and Civil War veteran.

The son of Samuel C. Fessenden, he was born and raised in Maine, where he attended Lewiston Falls Academy (now Edward Little High School). He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War in the Seventh Maine Volunteer Battery, eventually reaching the rank of second lieutenant in the First Maine Volunteer Battery. He later moved to Connecticut and served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and Connecticut Senate. He served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate. He was a state's attorney for Fairfield County. He was also a candidate for the U.S. Senate and a delegate to multiple Republican National Conventions.[1]

He is best remembered outside of Connecticut for shouting from the floor of the 1896 Republican National Convention at Joseph Manley that "God Almighty hates a quitter" when it was becoming apparent that the candidate they were both supporting wasn't going to win the nomination.[2]


  1. ^ "Portrait of a Family: Stamford through the Legacy of the Davenports: Samuel Fessenden 1847–1908". Stamford Historical Society.
  2. ^ Peck, Harry Thurston (1920). Twenty Years of the Republic, 1885-1905. Dodd, Mead, & Company. p. 490. God Almighty hates a quitter