PETTENGILL, Samuel Barrett (1886-1974)

PETTENGILL, SAMUEL BARRETT, (nephew of William Horace Clagett), a Representative from Indiana; born in Portland, Oreg., January 19, 1886; in 1892 moved to Vermont with his father, who settled on a farm in Grafton, Windham County; attended the common schools; was graduated from Vermont Academy at Saxtons River in 1904, from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., in 1908, and from the law department of Yale University in 1911; was admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced practice in South Bend, Ind.; member of the board of education of South Bend, 1926-1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; newspaper columist 1939-1948; vice president and general counsel of the Transportation Association of America, 1943-1945; national radio commentator, 1946-1948; attorney for the Pure Oil Co., Chicago, Ill., 1949-1956; consultant, the Coe Foundation, 1956-1965; resided at his boyhood farm near Grafton, Vt.; died in Springfield, Vt., March 20, 1974; interment in Grafton Village Cemetery, Grafton, Vt.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (April 13, 1932) in the E.R.A. Seligman collection.
Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


University of Oregon Library
Eugene, OR
Papers: 1930-1962. 2 feet.
Correspondence and documents relating to the America First committee, the ``court packing bill'' of 1937, and the Republican Party in 1942.


University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library Wilbur Collection
Burlington, VT
Papers: 1939-1949. 1 foot.
In part transcripts. Newspaper columns written by Pettengill on current political events. Unpublished description and index in library.

  • Pettengill, Samuel B. For Americans Only. New York: Nesterman Publishing Company, Inc., 1944.
  • ___. Hot Oil: The Problem of Petroleum. Introduction by William P. Cole, Jr. 1936. Reprint, Westport, CT.: Hyperion Press, 1976.
  • ___. Jefferson: The Forgotten Man. Foreword by Douglas Johnson. New York: America's Future, Inc., 1938.
  • ___. My Story. Edited Helen M. Pettengill. Grafton, VT.: H. M. Pettengill, 1979.
  • ___. Smoke-Screen. New York: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1940.
  • ___. The Yankee Pioneers: A Saga of Courage. Rutland, VT.: C. E. Tuttle Company, 1971.
  • ___. The Yankee Pioneers: A Saga of Courage. Abridged paperback ed. Hanover, N.H.: Regional Center for Educational Training, 1977.