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FENTON, William Matthew, lawyer, born in Norwich, Chenango County, New York, 19 December 1808; died in Flint, Michigan, 13 May 1871. He was one of the earliest emigrants to Genesee County, Michigan, and, after taking an active part in founding the village that bears his name; he resided there and at Flint, and engaged in the practice of law. In 1848 he was elected lieutenant governor of Michigan, and reelected in 1850 and 1851. At the beginning of the civil war he became a member of the state military board, and was one of the principal organizers of the 8th Michigan regiment, which he commanded and which participated in so many battles in various parts that it became known as the " wandering regiment."
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