(1771–1837), New Hampshire author, whose varied career included law practice, invention, and the editing of newspapers in New York, Brattleboro, and Boston. His Hudibrastic satire Terrible Tractoration (1803) was aimed at English critics of Elisha Perkins's “metallic tractors,” an invention for which Fessenden was the agent. His Original Poems (1804) include The Country Lovers, which is thought to have suggested Lowell's The Courtin'. Democracy Unveiled (1805) is a virulent attack on Jefferson and the Democrats. He used the pseudonym Christopher Caustic.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.