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Samuel Pettengill Collection

Identifier: mss-050

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Pettengill Collection contains eighteen volumes of newspaper columns written by Pettengill between 1939 and 1949. They deal primarily with current events on the political scene. The columns are arranged chronologically by date and release number. An alphabetical title index precedes each volume, and there are three general indexes. The most important of these is a general alphabetical title index to the whole collection. There is also a general chronological index which covers the years 1944-1949, and a very general chronological index to the volumes.

When the collection arrived it was housed in nineteen binders. The papers have been transferred to folders and boxed, but the original volume by volume arrangement has been retained.


  • 1939-1949



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Samuel Pettengill was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 19, 1886, and the family moved to Grafton Vermont six years later. He graduated from the Vermont Academy (1904), Middlebury College (1908), Yale Law Department (1911), and was admitted to the bar in 1912. The same year he began practice in South Bend, Indiana, and became successively, a member of the Board of Education (1926-1928), Democratic congressman (1931-1939) and trustee of Middlebury College (1936-1939). In 1939, Pettengill voluntarily retired from politics to begin a career in journalism. For the next ten years he wrote a nationally syndicated column of political commentary entitled "Inside Your Congress," and from 1946 to 1948 he ran a news commentary broadcast over national radio. In conjunction with his journalistic pursuits, Pettengill continued to practice law as vice president and general counsel for the Transportation Association of America (1943-1945), attorney for the Pure Oil Company of Chicago (1949-1956), and consultant for the Coe Foundation (1956). In 1956, Pettengill returned to Grafton, Vermont and was a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society. He died in Vermont on March 20, 1974 at the age of 88.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 carton)

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Pettengill was a lawyer and a journalist. He served as United States Representative from Indiana. Collection includes eighteen volumes of newspaper columns entitled "Inside Your Congress" written by Pettengill, dealing chiefly with current events on the political scene, including the conduct of World War II, the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations, and the growing "red scare" over communism. Many of the pages contain annotations and other markings.


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Related Materials

The "Samuel B. Pettengill papers, 1849-1975" collection (Coll 015) at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon contains additional materials related to Samuel Pettengill.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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