Fessenden was a member of the Portland Anti-Slavery Society (follow the link to access a Maine History Online slideshow about the society).
General Fessenden’s sons included Samuel C. Fessenden (March 7, 1815 – April 18, 1882), a U.S. Congressman from Maine (1861-1863); William Pitt Fessenden (October 16, 1806 – September 8, 1869), who served in the United States House of Representatives and Senate before becoming Secretary of the Treasury (1864-1865); and Thomas Amory Deblois Fessenden (January 23, 1826 – September 28, 1868), a U.S. Congressman from Maine (1862-1863).
This post is part of the Roots of Greatness series inspired by Letitia Lee’s painting of that name.
A note on images: A web search will turn up images of General Samuel Fessenden, but I have not been able to identify one labeled for reuse so have opted not to include any on this page.