Bio of Shelden Connor
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
1893

SELDEN CONNOR is fifty-four years of age, having been born in Fairfield, Me., January 25, 1839. He graduated from Tufts College in the class of 1859, being then in his twenty-first year. After graduation he began to read law in the office of Washburn & Marsh, at Woodstock, Vt.

On the breaking out of the war, in 1861, he enlisted in the First Vermont Regiment, under President Lincolnís call for three monthsí men, and was mustered out of service in August of that year, having served his term of enlistment. Mr. Connor then returned to Maine, and re-entered the service as Lieutenant-Colonel of the Seventh Regiment, Maine Volunteers. In 1863 he was commissioned Colonel of the Nineteenth Maine Regiment, to which he had been transferred.

Colonel Connor was soon made Brigade-Commander, Second Division, Second Army Corps, in which capacity he continued until the reorganization of the Army of the Potomac, in 1864. In the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, he received a severe wound in his left thigh, badly shattering the thigh bone, from the effects of which he suffered more than a year in the hospitals at Fredericksburg and Washington. In August, 1865, he was sent to his fatherís home at Fairfield. He was commissioned Brigadier-General of Volunteers in June, 1864, by President Lincoln.

In the spring of 1866, while yet suffering severely from his wound, and getting about only with the aid of crutches, he had the great misfortune to meet with a fall, which again laid him up for over a year, waiting for the bone to reunite and the wound to heal.

General Connor was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Third Maine District in 1868, holding that office until it was abolished, when he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the State.

This office he held until 1875, when he resigned it to accept the nomination of Governor of Maine, which had been tendered to him by the Republican party. He was elected, and re-elected in 1876 and again in 1877. He received the fourth nomination, but failed of an election by the people. the law then requiring a majority to elect. The election of Governor devolving upon the Legislature, that body made choice of Hon. Alouzo Garcelon of Lewiston.

In 1882 President Arthur appointed Governor Connor Pension Agent for the State of Maine, which then constituted one district, which office he held for several years. He afterwards engaged in business as President of the Northern Banking Company in Portland, which position he held up to the present year. 1893. when he was elected Adjutant-General of the State. He is now serving in that capacity.


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