Fessenden, Franklin Goodridge was born on June 20, 1849 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles and Martha Elizabeth (Newton) Fessenden.
Fitchburg High School. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University Law School, 1872. Studied in Paris, France, 1872.
Practiced, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1874-1891. Served as district attorney temporarily justice Superior Court of Massachusetts August 19, since 1891. Vice president. Franklin Savings Institution, Greenfield.
Captain Company L. 2d Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, later colonel and assistant inspector general.