FRENCH, Ezra Bartlett (1810-1880)

FRENCH, EZRA BARTLETT, a Representative from Maine; born in Landaff, Grafton County, N.H., September 23, 1810; attended the common schools and pursued an academic course; studied law in Bath, N.H., and Plymouth, N.H.; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Portland and Waldoboro, Maine; moved to Noblesboro (later Damariscotta), Maine, and continued practice; member of the State house of representatives 1838-1840; served in the State senate 1842-1845; secretary of state of Maine 1845-1850; bank commissioner; newspaper editor in 1856; assisted in organizing the Republican Party in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; appointed Second Auditor of the Treasury August 3, 1861, by President Lincoln, and continued during the administrations of Presidents Johnson, Grant, and Hayes, serving until his death in Washington, D.C., April 24, 1880; interment in Hillside Cemetery, Damariscotta, Maine.

Haverford College Libraries
Special Collections
Haverford, PA
Papers: In the Enoch Hoag Indian Papers, 1865-1883, approximately 668 items.
Correspondents include E.B. French.

Papers: In the Jonathan Richards Papers, 1870-1881, approximately 150 items.
Correspondents include Ezra B. French


Maine Historical Society
Portland, ME
Papers: n.d., 1 volume.
A scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and manuscript notes on the life of E.B. French, who was Assistant Auditor to the Treasury in 1861.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: June 5, 1868. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.


University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library
Santa Barbara, CA
Papers: 1863, 1 item.
A letter from Henry M. Hoyt to Ezra Bartlett French, Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury, written on October 11, 1863. In the letter, Hoyt encloses a list of deceased soldiers of the 8th Connecticut Infantry Regiment for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 1863.