CHENEY, Person Colby, (1828 - 1901)

Senate Years of Service: 1886-1887
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

CHENEY, Person Colby, a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Holderness (now Ashland), N.H., February 25, 1828; attended academies in Peterborough and Hancock, N.H., and in Parsonfield, Maine; engaged in the manufacture of paper in Peterborough until 1866; member, State house of representatives 1854; during the Civil War was first lieutenant and regimental quartermaster in the Thirteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry 1862-1863; State railroad commissioner 1864-1867; moved to Manchester, N.H., in 1867 and engaged in business as a dealer in paper stock and continued the manufacture of paper at Goffstown, N.H.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected mayor of Manchester in 1871; Governor of New Hampshire 1875-1877; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Austin F. Pike and served from November 24, 1886, to June 14, 1887, when a successor was elected and qualified; was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Switzerland 1892-1893; died in Dover, Strafford County, N.H., on June 19, 1901; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, N.H.


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