William Pitt Fessenden Painting Rescued (Portland Press Herald)

William Pitt Fessenden

William Pitt Fessenden, Class of 1823. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

William Pitt Fessenden, Class of 1823, is one of Bowdoin’s most illustrious alumni, having served as a U.S. Representative and Senator, and as President Abraham Lincoln’s treasury secretary. He’s also considered one of Portland’s most famous citizens—there are three city streets named after him—so it was a great surprise when a portrait of Fessenden was discovered hidden away in the attic of Portland City Hall.


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