Selden Connor

Selden Connor was born in Fairfield, Maine, on January 25, 1839. He was graduated from Tufts College in the class of 1859 and then studied law at Woodstock, Vermont. On May 2, 1861, he was mustered into service as a private in the 1st Vermont Infantry, a three-month regiment which participated in the battle of Big Bethel on the Virginia Peninsula on June 10. Mustered out on August 15, Connor was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 7th Maine on August 22. With this regiment he fought through the Peninsular campaign of 1862, at Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg (where he was slightly wounded), and Gettysburg—at times in regimental command. On January 11, 1864, Connor was appointed colonel of the 19th Maine. At the battle of the Wilderness on May 6, the regiment's gallant conduct materially assisted in restoring the morale of Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps which had been shattered by James Longstreet's initial attack on that day. In the melee Connor's thigh bone was shattered by a bullet, a wound which incapacitated him for further service. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers to rank from June 11, 1864, and was mustered out of the service on April 7, 1866. The same month a fall in his home fractured his injured leg and he was confined to his house for two years. In 1868 he was appointed assessor of internal revenue; in 1874, collector for the Augusta district; and the year following, was nominated for governor on the Republican ticket. General Connor was elected by a sizeable majority and twice reelected, serving from January, 1876, until January, 1879. From 1882 until 1886, during the administration of President Arthur, Connor was United States pension agent and was reappointed to the position by President William Mc-Kinley in 1897. A full brigadier general at the age of twenty-five, General Connor was among the nine survivors of this rank at the time of his death in Augusta, Maine, on July 9, 1917. He was buried in Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.