0.75 linear feet.
Agency History / Biographical Note:
Joseph Palmer Fessenden (Bowdoin 1818) was born on October 24, 1792. He was a Congregationalist clergyman in Kennebunkport (1820-1829) and in South Bridgton (1829-1861), and he advocated the church's taking a more active role on behalf of temperance and the abolition of slavery.
Fessenden married Phebe Perkins Beech (b. Oct. 20, 1796) on November 30, 1819. Although they had no children of their own, they adopted a nephew, William Griswold Barrows (1821-1886, Bowdoin 1839), and two nieces, Mary B. Frezell (1828-1855) and Phoebe F. Beech (1834-1861). Joseph Fessenden died on February 13, 1861; Phebe Beech Fessenden died on February 21, 1870.
More information on the Fessenden family is available in the Fessenden Collection, the Joseph Fessenden Sermons, and the Fessenden Genealogical Material.
Scope and Content:
The papers contain 370 pieces of correspondence (1803-1893, n.d.); essays; a commencement part and Bowdoin term bill of William G. Barrows; and ephemeral materials.
Cite as: Joseph Palmer and Phebe Beech Fessenden Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.
Access Restrictions: None.