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Samuel Barrett Pettengill

Vermont & Indiana

Samuel B. Pettengill was born in Portland, Oregon on January 19, 1886. He moved, with his father upon the death of his mother, to a farm near Grafton, Vermont in 1892. Pettengill attended local schools and graduated from Vermont Academy at Saxtons River in 1904. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1908 and from Yale Law School in 1911. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1911 (or 1912) and moved to South Bend, Indiana where he took up the practice of law. He served on the South Bend Board of Education from 1926 to 1928 and was elected, as a Democrat, to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1931, where he served until 1939. He did not seek reelection for Congress in 1938, and again took up the practice of law. From 1939 to 1948, he was a newspaper columnist, and during this period (1943-1945) was vice president and general counsel of the Transportation Association of American.

Pettengill remarried in 1949 and returned to the family farm near Grafton, Vermont where he served as president of the Grafton Historical Society from 1962 until 1972. He died in Springfield, Vermont on March 20, 1974. He is buried at Grafton Village Cemetery, Grafton, Vermont.

[Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; "Samuel Barrett Pettengill," in Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9: 1971-197 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994)]


Samuel Barrett Pettengill, Stars Above Babel (South Bend, Indiana: The author, 1925)


Samuel B. Pettengill, Hot Oil: The Problem of Petroleum (New York: Economic Forum Co., 1936)(Westport, Connecticut: Hyperion Press, 1976)

_______________, Jefferson, the Forgotten Man (New York: America's Future, Inc., 1938)

_______________, Smoke-screen (New York: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1940)

_______________, For Americans Only (New York: Nesterman Publ. Co., 1944)(New York: America's Future, Inc., 1944)

_______________, What Henry Ford Taught America (New York: America's Future, Inc., 1947)

_______________, The Responsibility of College Graduates as Citizens (Middlebury, Vermont: Middlebury College, 1949)

_______________, Where Karl Marx Went Wrong (Irvington-on-Hudson, New York: Foundation for Economic Education, 1953)

_______________, Story of the "Bricker" Amendment (the first phase)(New York: Committee for Constitutional Government, 1954)

_______________, A New Order of the Ages (New York: Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., 1961)

_______________, The Yankee Pioneers: A Saga of Courage (Rutland, Vermont: C.E. Tuttle Co., 1971)(Hanover, New Hampshire: Regional Center for Educational Training, 1977)

_______________, My Story [Grafton], Vermont]: H.M. Pettengill, 1979)(Helen M. Pettengill ed.)

Occasional Essays

Samuel B. Pettengill, "Poetry and the Poet's Mission" (Indiana ?: [s.n.], 1929)("Read before The Round Table May 1, 1929, and selected by the Committee of Judges as the best paper of the 1928-1929 programme.").