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Reuben E. Fenton Letters

An inventory of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fenton, Reuben E. (Reuben Eaton), 1819-1885
Title: Reuben E. Fenton Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1864-1884
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Six outgoing letters to Henry Darling, James C. Dobbin, and others from the U.S. Senator, governor of New York State, banker.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Reuben Eaton Fenton was a United States senator and governor of New York State. Shortly before his retirement from public life in 1875, he wrote to Mrs. Barnes (24 May 1875): is my fixed purpose not to be a candidate, under any circumstances. Why should I? Is not twenty years of service in high official positions enough to fill the measure of ordinary ambition? I do not ignore the public view, outside of all personal considerations, to which you refer, but feel that you overestimate my importance to it.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Reuben E. Fenton Letters consist of six letters from Fenton to Henry Darling, James C. Dobbin, and others.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Letters are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Darling, Henry, 1823-1891.
Dobbin, James C. (James Cochran), 1814-1857.
Fenton, Reuben E. (Reuben Eaton), 1819-1885.

Corporate Bodies

Republican Party (N.Y.)


Governors, New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Reuben E. Fenton Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Mar 1989
Revision history:

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Correspondence (outgoing)
SC 80 Barnes, Mrs. 1875
SC 80 Darling, Henry 1876
SC 80 Dobbin, James Cochran 1865
SC 80 Stevens, ? 1870
SC 80 Townsend, ? 1884
SC 80 Walker, F. William 1864

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