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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1824

Vol. I

(Born R. I.)

John M. Fessenden

(Ap'd Mas.)


John Milton Fessenden: Born Dec. 21, 1804, Warren, RI.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1820, to July 1, 1824, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1824.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1824.

Served: on Topographical duty, July 1, 1824, to Mar. 5, 1828, on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 1824‑26, — Kanawha, James, and Roanoke Rivers, 1827, — and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1827‑28; on leave of absence in Europe, for professional improvement, 1828‑29; and in garrison at West Point, N. Y., 1829, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1829‑30, 1830‑31.

Resigned, Nov. 30, 1831.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer, Boston and Worcester Railroad, Mas., 1831‑36; of Survey of Worcester and Springfield Railroad, Mas., 1835‑36; of Boston and Newburyport Railroad, Mas., 1836‑42; and of Salisbury and Portsmouth Railroad, N. H., 1839‑43. Railroad Commissioner  p329 of the Massachusetts, 1845‑47. Lieut.‑Colonel, Massachusetts Militia, 1832‑26. Degree of A. M., conferred by Harvard University, Mas., 1846. U. S. Consul at Dresden, Saxony, 1850‑51. State Commissioner for establishment of a Military Academy in Massachusetts, 1863‑64. Member of Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1865.

Died, Feb. 8, 1883, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 81.

Buried, Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

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