Stephen Southmyd Fenn

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Stephen Southmyd Fenn
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho Territory
In office
June 23, 1876 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byThomas W. Bennett
Succeeded byGeorge Ainslie
Personal details
BornMarch 28, 1820
Watertown, Connecticut
DiedApril 13, 1892(1892-04-13) (aged 72)
Blackfoot, Idaho
Political partyDemocratic

Stephen Southmyd Fenn (March 28, 1820 – April 13, 1892) was a congressional territorial delegate from the Idaho Territory.

Born in Watertown, Connecticut, Fenn moved with his parents to Niagara County, New York, in 1824. He attended the public schools and moved in 1841 to Jackson County, Iowa, where he held several local offices. Fenn moved to California in 1850 and engaged in mining and ranching, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in that part of Washington Territory which became a part of the Territory of Idaho upon its organization in 1863. He also engaged in mining and served as member of the Idaho Territorial council 1864-1867.

Fenn served as district attorney for the first judicial district in 1869 and served as member of the Territorial legislature in 1872 and served as speaker of the house. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Thomas W. Bennett to the Forty-fourth Congress. Fenn was reelected to the Forty-fifth Congress and served from June 23, 1876, to March 3, 1879. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1878 and continued his former pursuits until July 1891. Fenn died in Blackfoot, Idaho, on April 13, 1892, and was interred in its Asylum Cemetery.[1]

The community of Fenn on the Camas Prairie in Idaho County is named for Fenn and his son, Major Frank A. Fenn (1853–1927),[2][3][4][5] buried in Kooskia.[6]


  1. ^ "Stephen Southmyd Fenn". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Major F.A. Fenn dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. June 21, 1927. p. 8.
  3. ^ "There is usually a logical reason for the name a town ends up with". Lewiston Morning Tribune. February 25, 1990. p. 11-Centennial.
  4. ^ "Fenn put name on Idaho's map". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 6, 1990. p. 18-Centennial.
  5. ^ "Why they call it Fenn". Lewiston Morning Tribune. February 5, 1933.
  6. ^ "Major Frank Fenn". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 21, 2012.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas W. Bennett
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho

Succeeded by
George Ainslie

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website