Editor, and author, 1771–1837, founded “The New England Farmer” at Boston in 1822, and edited it until his death. The present “New England Farmer" is not the lineal successor of Fessenden's paper.
Fessenden is chiefly noted as a satirical poet, and he was more of a literary man than a gardener. He was born in Walpole, N.H., was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1796, and studied law. He went to England in 1803, and there published his humorous poem, the "Terrible Tractoration.” He settled in Boston about 1804.
In addition to "The New England Farmer,” he edited the short-lived “Horticultural Register,” and “The Silk Manual.” He wrote "The Complete Farmer and Rural Economist,” “The New American Gardener," and "The American Kitchen Gardener,” three books of a cyclopedic nature designed to cover the fields of agriculture, horticulture and vegetable gardening respectively.