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Pangborn, Zebina Kellogg


Age: 33, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): USV
Service: appt ADDL PAYM (MAJ), USV, from MA, 9/5/61, appointment vacated by US Senate 3/11/62 [College: UVM 50]

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Birth: 07/31/1829, Peacham, VT
Death: 11/11/1902

Burial: Bayview-New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, NJ
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Fred Otto
Findagrave Memorial #: 62811242


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM 50
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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News & Citizen: Oct. 26, 1898
Major Z. K. Pangborn, the man who whipped (George) Dewey, is running for congress as a Republican at Jersey City, N.J.
The whipping took place when the future admiral was about 15 years old. Dewey headed an insurrection which had as its object the licking of the school teacher. Mr. Pangborn kept the hero of Manila at arms length and plied the hickory. Another boy who went to Dewey's assistance received a blow. When resistance ceased, the whipping stopped. It is alleged that in after years Dewey said to the Major "You made a man of me, but for that thrashing you gave me I should probably have been in state's prison before this".
Major Pangborn is is a native of Burlington, and a graduated of the University of Vermont. He has been engaged in the newspaper business in Jersey City many years.

Submitted by: Deanna French.


Death of Major Pangborn

Mr. Zebina Kellogg Pangborn died November 1, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lucy M. Hoar, at Hillburn, Rockland county N. Y. He had uraemic poisoning of the blood, and he had been ill nearly a year. He was born in Peacham, July 31, 1829. His parents were descendants of early settlers of New England, his father having been a noted physician of his day. He was graduated from the University of Vermont in 1850, and for four years he taught school in this state.

Among his pupils was George Dewey, now admiral, who was in mischief always. After the battle of Manila, Major Pangborn created much amusement by announcing that he was the only man who had ever whipped Admiral Dewey. It was a hard fight, he said, from his point of view, because Dewey, in his effort to escape punishment, fled from the schoolroom and climbed a tree, to the branches of which the schoolmaster could not climb. Dewey surrendered after a while and received the punishment. When Admiral Dewey Passed through Jersey City on his way to Washington, after his return from manila, major Pangborn was among those who met him, and they had a hearty laugh over the old school day episode.

In 1854 Mr. Pangborn abandoned school teaching for newspaper work and politics. In 1856 he was a delegate to the republican convention that nominated John C. Fremont. Later he studied law, but he abandoned that to volunteers at the outbreak of the war. He was appointed a paymaster, with the rank of major. He resigned in1865 and went to Jersey City, where in 1867, he and William B. Dunning established the Evening Journal. Major Pangborn was its editor until 1895, when he sold his interest to Sheffield Phelps, who sold to Elbert Rappleye, the paper now being owned by the latter and Joseph A. Dear, who became an associate of Pangborn & Dunning in 1868.

The only office for which he was ever nominated, though he was always active in politics, was that of member of Congress. That was in 1898. He was defeated by his democratic opponent, William D. Daily. He was married twice. He is survived by two sons and four brothers, besides his sister with whom he lived recently.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, November 12, 1902.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.