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Fenton’s Story

Governor Born On Independence Day Remembered Long After His Passing

July 4, 2013
By Joni Blackman - Fenton History Center director , The Post-Journal

The Fourth of July is not only the day we celebrate our national birthday, it is also the birthday of one of Chautauqua County's most influential citizens from the 19th century, Reuben Eaton Fenton. Like most county natives who have gone on to prominence, Fenton came from a hard working, common family. He rose to become a United States Congressman, New York state governor and U.S. Senator, as well as a local bank president and respected financial authority.



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